Saudi Arabia to enforce 24-hour curfew from last day of Ramzan

Riyadh: Saudi Arabia has decided to enforce 24-hour curfew and total lockdown from May 23 to May 27 across the country. The period includes the day of Eid Al-Fitr and national holidays surrounding the festival.

The Ministry of Interior said the 24-hour nationwide lockdown will be imposed for five days, starting from Ramzan 30 to Shawwal 4, and is in line with the directives of King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz.

The directives issued with regard to social distancing, including banning gatherings of more than five or more people will continue, the Ministry of Interior said in a statement carried by Saudi Press Agency.

However, until the holiday begins, shops and businesses will be able to operate up to the end of Ramzan.

From Thursday, people in all cities and regions across the Kingdom, excluding Makkah, will be allowed to move freely between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. until the end of Ramzan.

The partial curfew relaxation for eight hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. will also continue in all cities and regions of the Kingdom, with the exception of holy city Makkah, during this period.

The daytime curfew will continue in Makkah. Entry to and exit from the cities, regions and neighbourhoods, which are under lockdown, will continue during the period from May 14 to 22.

The ministry urged all individuals and entities to comply fully with the safety rules and preventive measures to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. They need to abide by social distancing policy and avoid social gatherings in all their forms and venues.