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Saudi Arabia restricts non-vaccinated people circulation, starting next August

Those who have not received the coronavirus vaccines will be forbidden to engage in any economic, commercial, cultural, recreational or sports activity soon.

The official spokesman for the Saudi Ministry of Commerce and Investment, Abdul Rahman Al-Hussein, announced the decision to prevent non-vaccinated people from entering commercial centres, malls, and all sales outlets start on 1 August.

An official source in the Saudi Ministry of Interior decided last month that, based on the measurements taken in the face of the emerging Covid-19 pandemic, and to preserve public health, the following activities require immunization:

a. Entering any economic, commercial, cultural, recreational or sports activity.

b. Entering any cultural, scientific, social or recreational event.

c. Obtaining access to any public or private establishment, whether for business or auditing purposes.

d. Entering any governmental or private educational facility.

e. Use of public transportation.

The authorities will check citizens and residents’ immunization status via the Tawakkalna application.

The concerned authorities shall issue illustrative data of the above clauses, including the relevant controls and conditions.

The source stressed the need for everyone to adhere to precautionary measures and preventive measures and not be lenient in applying health requirements, such as social distancing, wearing a mask, disinfecting hands on an ongoing basis, and adhering to the approved protocols.

The Public Health Authority (Weqaya) is currently responsible for evaluating all procedures and measures regularly in response to changes in epidemiological condition.

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