Islamic Lifestyle

Saudi Arabia imposes 24-hour curfew for Eid al Fitr holiday

Saudi Arabia will enforce a 24-hour curfew during its five-day Eid al Fitr holiday to control the spread of COVID-19, state news agency SPA reported on Tuesday (May 12), citing the interior ministry.

The nationwide curfew will start on Ramadan 30, which coincides with May 23, through Syawal 4, or May 27.

Social distancing will still need to be practised, including preventing gatherings of five or more people.

The Kingdom eased movement restrictions at the start of the fasting month, re-opening commercial activities and businesses, and allowing people to move freely between 9am and 5pm, except in Makkah that has been under a full curfew.

Saudi Arabia reported 1,911 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, taking its tally to 42,925, with 264 fatalities. Its number of positive cases is the highest among the six countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

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