The movement restrictions had been enforced in the Kingdom of Saudia Arabia (KSA) to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The virus has now infected over three million people and caused over 200,000 deaths worldwide. 17,522 COVID-19 patients have been recorded in KSA.
Now, the relaxation of the extensive restrictions on movement has been implemented in KSA under the directives of King Salman. Shopping malls and centres, retail outlets and other businesses are permitted to reopen. However, this does not include salons, restaurants, family entertainment and cinemas.
.@KingSalman issued an order to partially lift the curfew in all regions of the Kingdom except for the Holy City of Makkah and previously announced neighborhoods. The partial curfew will start on Sunday, 26 April 2020 until Wednesday, 13 May 2020 from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M.— Foreign Ministry (@KSAmofaEN) April 26, 2020
While the curfew has been partially lifted and reduced to eight hours daily, places of worship like Makkah will remain closed during this time and gatherings of 5 people and above are not allowed in the region.
KSA has announced that the suspension of public transport will continue and government employees must continue to work from home. Additionally, the suspension of domestic and international flights are still in place until further notice.
In more other recent developments within the country, a COVID-19 tracking app had also been released on the same lines as TraceCovid and AlHosn UAE. The app had been introduced to keep all citizens and residents of KSA informed on potential and current COVID-19 patients. It is called the 'Tatamman' app, which translates to 'rest assured' from Arabic to English.