The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has suspended all private sector work for a period of 15 days. According to sister publication Arabian Business, only food, health and other vital services will remain open.
The decision was made to limit the spread of COVID-19, closing offices within the private sector to reduce human-to-human interaction.
Arabian Business reported that in cases where private sector workers must continue their duties, the number of employees working at any one time must not exceed 40% of the total available workforce. Offices and workplaces with more than 50 people will have all employees temperature-checked at the entrance.
Additionally, companies must ensure that there is enough space – as dictated by Ministry of Health guidelines – between workers in offices and workers’ housing.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO, Saudi Arabia currently has 133 cases of COVID-19, making it one of the worst-hit areas in the region after a long period of zero cases.