The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has ordered a mandatory curfew for its citizens as its number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise. According to sister publication Arabian Business, the curfew will last for 21 days and started on Monday.
Implemented by royal order, the curfew is from 7pm to 6am.
A statement from the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said: “The royal order to the concerned authorities included urging citizens to stay in their homes during the coming period, especially the period of curfew, and not to leave except in cases of extreme necessity in the period in which the prohibition does not apply, as preserving public health has become one of the most important duties for the people of this country and those residing on its land, and they must fulfil their duty by staying in their homes, and not to expose themselves and their country to the risk of the spread of this pandemic.”
A number of groups and individuals will be exempt from the curfew, including those in the food sector and health sector, media, transportation, E-commerce, hoteliers, energy sector, financial services, telecommunications and the water sector.
Military and security groups will be exempt, as will food delivery people, Muezzins and those on diplomatic missions.