As coronavirus numbers continue to rise, restrictions and suspensions are being tightened.

Earlier this week a curfew was imposed in Saudi Arabia, per per orders from King Salman.

However, the Saudi Ministry of Interior has now imposed a tighter curfew and is also restricting travel between the kingdom’s 13 regions.

The new restrictions came into effect after the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases reached 900 as of yesterday. So far the country has had two fatalities from the virus.


The new imposed curfew has been brought forward four hours from 7pm to 3pm.

As per the first directive, the same people will remain exempt from the imposed curfew including those who work in vital parts of public and private sectors. This includes those in the military, security, media and in the health and service industries.

Cinemas, malls and restaurants have been shut down in the country, and flights have been suspended. Prayers have also been suspended inside mosques in Saudi Arabia, except for Mecca and Medina.

Similar suspensions and shutdowns have taken place in the UAE.

All UAE malls, commercial centres, cinemas, gyms, parks, bars, lounges, public and privates beaches and more have been shut down until April 8. Prayers in public places of worship have also been suspended.

Restaurants are also no longer allowed to take customers, and can only stay open if they have a delivery option.

All UAE citizens and residents have been instructed to stay home unless it’s absolutely necessary to leave.

This weekend in Dubai, starting from 8pm today, all means of public transport will be suspended until Sunday at 6am and travel on roads will be restricted as the city of Dubai undergoes sterilisation.

If you do leave your home, you will be asked provide identification.

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