Saudi regime imposes 24-hour curfew in Mecca and Medina due to pandemic
In an effort to contain the spread of coronavirus pandemic in the country, Saudi regime has decided to impose 24-hour curfew in Mecca and Medina, two holy sites of Islamic world.
The curfew will be effective in all parts of the cities of Makkah and Madinah for a period of 24 hours a day, with continuing ban of entry into and exit from the two cities, as of today until further notice. The ban of entry and exit does not include those excepted from employees of vital sectors in government and private sectors, whose works require continued performance during the ban period.
People will be allowed to leave their homes for urgent medical care and food supplies between 6am and 3 pm.
The regime prohibited the practice of any commercial activities within the residential neighborhoods of the cities of Makkah and Madinah, except for pharmacies and food supply stores, gas stations and banking services.
It also restricted vehicle transportation within the residential neighborhoods of the cities of Makkah and Madinah to only one person, in addition to the driver of the vehicle, to reduce contact.
Saudi Arabia suspended entry and prayers to the general public at the two Holy Mosques in Mecca and Medina to limit the spread of the coronavirus on March 20.
The total number of confirmed cases in the Kingdom is now 1,720, with 16 deaths.