Published: 2020-09-13 18:04
Last Updated: 2020-09-13 19:32
There are no intensions to implement a total lockdown in the Kingdom but authorities will tighten restrictions regarding the health and safety measures imposed, said the Minister of State for Media Affairs, Amjad Adaileh and Minister of Health, Saad Jaber, held a press briefing at the Prime Ministry on Sunday.
The government will focus on eliminating large gatherings, which have been increasingly taking place across the country.
Legal action will be taken against violators and authorities will not be leniant with anyone who hosts large social gatherings.
The government will adapt its ways of dealing with the coronavirus crisis based on the latest development of the local COVID-19 situation, which will take into account the health and safety of citizens, as well as the stability of the local economy.
Ministries, public institutions and government departments will reduce employee attendence to a minimum, which can still cater to citizens' needs.
Meetings in public and governmental institutions should be held online or include the smallest possible number of attendees, which includes meetings at the Council of Ministers that will be held, starting next Tuesday, using video call technology.
Hospital visits are prohibited until further notice and an electronic appointments and treatment system will be developed to reduce overcrowding at hospitals.
New decisions may be announced in the coming days to ensure the safety of students, faculty and administrative staff in universities and schools.
Additional health and safety measures could be introduced in restaurants, cafes and malls.
Intensive inspection campaigns will be launched to track violations starting Monday.