ArchiveMay 2020

Parallel Markets Can Operate Before Curfew Hours


Parallel markets will be able to operate between 6:00 am to 5:30 pm prior to the partial curfew, the Kuwaiti Municipality has stated. The policy began on 30 May 2020, according to a municipality press release. The partial curfew will take place between 6:00 pm and until 6:00 am as part of the first stage of the government’s plan to resume normal life following COVID-19. Similar...

Airports Reopen


The General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) has reopened 11 of the Kingdom’s 28 airports in a step toward restoring normality. All flights and means of travel between Saudi cities stopped on 21 March 2020. Social distancing and face masks will be required on flights. Two flights a day will be added to capacity. The Minister of Public Works in Lebanon has also announced the airport there...

Safe Travel Mark Obtained


A number of countries including Saudi Arabia have adopted the “Safe Travel” mark which has been launched by the International Council for Travel and Tourism. The mark is given to tourist destinations that implement health protocols and provide information on security and safety needed by travellers and companies. The protocols are a unified international health and cleanliness protocol that...

Charter on Gatherings Amended


Sources from the interior ministry have revealed that the charter aimed at limiting gatherings that may lead to the spread of the virus and its table of fine categories has been amended to include more fines for violating the COVID-19 precautions. Under the amendment the maximum number of family and non-family gatherings inside houses, farms and at funerals and parties are limited to 50 people...

Cinemas to Reopen


Ajman’s Economic Development Department has announced cinemas in the Emirate will be allowed to reopen. Gyms and children’s salons will also be allowed to reopen. Car wash centres and valet parking services will also be allowed to resume but will not be able to operate at more than 50% of capacity. No gatherings will be allowed and social distancing rules should be complied with. The...

Banks to Reopen for Five Hours


Kuwait’s Central Bank has announced it has agreed with CEOs of banks to reopen the banking sector once the total lockdown is over. The reopening will include all the services which have been suspended including lending to individuals. Sources have confirmed the Central Bank has held preparatory meetings with local banks to allow them to reopen gradually. Banks have agreed to reopen for five...

New Anti-Coronavirus Measures Approved


Saudi Arabia’s Interior Minister has announced new anti-Coronavirus measures have been approved They will apply to the wholesale, retail, industry and construction sectors. They cover customers, employees, materials, stores and warehouses. The measures applying to the wholesale and retail sectors include measures to be followed by small shops, malls, commercial centres and markets. The...

Night Curfew to be Reduced for 15 Days


Egypt’s Government has announced the night curfew times are going to be reduced for 15 days from Saturday. The new times will run from 8.00pm to 6.00am. It is part of new anti-Coronavirus measures announced by the Government. All restaurants, cafes, cafeterias, casinos, night clubs, bars, malls, entertainment avenues and other local shops will stay closed. Full story

Anti-Coronavirus Guidelines for Domestic Flights Announced


Saudi Arabia’s General Authority of Civil Aviation has announced anti-Coronavirus measures for domestic flight passengers in the Kingdom. Under the measures, passengers will have to follow specific safety rules. They will also have to disclose their medical information, especially if they are experiencing Coronavirus symptoms. Ideally they should do this when they are booking flights they...

Mosque Reopening Rumours Dismissed


Egypt’s Endowments Ministry has denied mosque reopening rumours. According to the rumours, a date for reopening mosques and resuming Friday prayers has been set. They added the country’s Coronavirus Crisis Management Committee will meet next week to consider the reopening question. The Ministry will comply with whatever they decide. All congregational prayers were ordered to stop on...