Published: 2020-03-24 22:32
Last Updated: 2020-03-25 09:35
Starting from tomorrow, groceries and minimarkets will be open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and until further notice.
This announcement was made during a press conference by Prime Minister Omar Razzaz today at the National Center for Security and Crisis Management.
"A delivery service will be available. However, supermarkets will not open their doors to citizens for fear of gatherings," Razzaz stated.
Razzaz stressed that every citizen must go to the groceries alone and that no children or elderly people will be allowed to enter these shops, explaining that only people aged between 16 and 60 can go to the shops.
"Citizens are allowed to get their needs on foot and must leave a space of one and a half meters between each other."
"Only authorized vehicles will be allowed to move," Razzaz stressed.
"Basic foodstuff stores, vegetable and fruit shops, bakeries, pharmacies and water stores will open tomorrow after they are provided with the needed materials and goods," he confirmed.
"The Defence Order No.2 stated that a new mechanism will be announced allowing citizens to fulfill their necessary needs at specific times," he indicated.
He stated that the government is taking an important step by opening small shops in neighborhoods.
The Prime Minister added that several people have committed to the measures, while others didn't. "Our great hope is that everyone would be at a high level of awareness and commitment."
"If we see scenes of overcrowding, the shops where any violations will occur will be closed. "Either people commit to the measures or we shut down the shops."
"I fully understand the state of anxiety and tension among some of you and your need to secure your household necessities such as food, bread, water, medicine, and fuel. All state agencies are aware that the curfew is an abnormal and unusual situation," Razzaz said during the conference.
Razzaz stated that "the curfew is a situation that we have not witnessed before and has major negative and psychological repercussions. This current stage requires concerted efforts to confront the virus."
"We will not succeed without the commitment and cooperation of citizens," Razzaz said, noting that the new mechanism will allow citizens to fulfill their basic needs.