Additional Coronavirus Support Announced


Jordan’s Prime Minister has announced additional Coronavirus support is going to be provided. They said $451.3 million will be allocated to expand social protections for families and individuals. In addition, an interest-free loan of $28.2 million will be used to rebuild Jordan’s tourism industry. Other sectors will also receive financial support. The aim is to safeguard 180,000 jobs...

Anti-Coronavirus Measures for Friday Prayers at Mosques Must be Complied With


The UAE’s General Authority of Islamic Affairs & Endowments has reiterated anti-Coronavirus measures for Friday prayers at mosques must be complied with. Among other things, worshippers should avoid overcrowding, particularly at entrances and exits to mosques. Worshippers should also wear face masks and observe social distancing when performing Friday prayers at mosques. They should...

Nurseries to be Allowed to Reopen


Oman’s Social Development Ministry has announced nurseries can reopen from 13 December 2020. The announcement follows a decision from the Sultanate’s Supreme Anti-Coronavirus Committee. They will be allowed to reopen providing they comply with the relevant anti-Coronavirus measures. Full story

Reopening Requirements for Cinemas Announced


Muscat Municipality has announced the reopening requirements for cinemas and showrooms. The measures include reductions in the capacity of these entities to 50% of their usual capacity and for space between customers to be increased. Cinemas and showrooms also have to apply the social distancing requirements, disinfect all facilities and equipment in each room after each show and designate...

Reopening Requirements for Common Halls in Restaurants Announced


Muscat Municipality has announced the reopening requirements for common halls of commercial restaurants and entertainment areas in commercial centres. The reopening requirements for common halls in restaurants include reducing capacity to 50%, increasing the frequency of disinfection and providing hand sanitisers. All waiting chairs have to be cleaned and disinfected and the necessary guidelines...

Issuing of Tourist Visas Resume


According to State media, the issuing of tourist visas will resume. They will be able to be used to those visiting on trips arranged by hotels and travel companies. The issuing of the visas was suspended because of Coronavirus. International flights resumed on 1 October but only citizens and those holding valid existing residency and work visas could enter. Full story

More COVID-19 Curfews and Lockdowns


Turkey has stated there will be full weekend lockdowns and weeknight curfews as the number of coronavirus cases continues to rise in the country. A general curfew will be applied every weeknight from 9 pm. to 5 am. There will also be a weekend-long curfew, from Friday 9 pm. to 5 am. Monday, he added. New restrictions will come into effect on 30 November at 9 p.m. On 20 November 2020, Turkey...

Anti-Coronavirus Measures Should be Complied with During Exams


The Student Evaluation Department of Qatar’s Education and Higher Education Ministry has clarified anti-Coronavirus measures should be compiled with during exams. They added capacity rules should also be complied with. These rules specify no more than 15 students can be in a classroom and there are no more than 60 students in sports halls. They made the clarification after a meeting with...

Re-entry Procedures Simplified


Qatar’s Government Communication Office has announced re-entry procedures for travellers have been simplified. Under the simplified procedures which come into force on 29 November 2020, a Coronavirus test will be required for those returning to the country for those who haven’t had a test within 48 hours before traveling to Doha by one of the Public Health Ministry’s accredited...

Abu Dhabi: Coronavirus Vaccine Triallists Will be Exempt From PCR Test Requirement


Abu Dhabi’s Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee for Coronavirus has announced it has approved special measures for participants in Phase 3 clinical trials of the Coronavirus vaccine or the National Vaccination Programme for emergency use. It will apply immediately after the first dose has been given. They will have a gold star status in the Alhosn application and will not have to take...