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Kuwait curbs curfew hours as country gradually reopens

Worshippers will be allowed to attend Eid Al-Adha prayers across the nation at mosques

Kuwait curbs curfew hours as country gradually reopens

Phase three will see an increase in public sector attendance by no more than 50 percent of the total workforce, visits to social care homes allowed, the reopening of hotels, resorts and apartment hotels and the reoperation of taxis.

Kuwait has reduced its curfew hours from nine hours to six, running from 9pm to 3am, as the country enters the third phase of its recovery process from the enforced coronavirus lockdown measures.

Furthermore, worshippers will be allowed to attend Eid Al-Adha prayers across the nation at mosques approved by the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs with health and safety standards applied

The partial curfew was originally due to be lifted by Phase 3 but ministers instead saw the need to only reduce its duration "in order to preserve the public's health", said health minister Sheikh Dr. Basel Al-Sabah.

He also urged members of the public to abide by the health and safety measures, covering the mouth and nose, social distancing and making sure to sterilise and wash hands regularly.

Non-compliance with health requirements has caused an increase in cases amongst Kuwaiti nationals, with daily numbers sometimes going up to 70 percent of the total cases, he warned.

Phase three will see an increase in public sector attendance by no more than 50 percent of the total workforce, visits to social care homes allowed, the reopening of hotels, resorts and apartment hotels and the reoperation of taxis, however, with only one passenger allowed on board.

Al Sabah added that a 14-day home quarantine will be applied when flights resume in August. The visitor will also be required to fill in their information in a government app and wear an assigned e-bracelet at all times.

Around 500 incoming travellers will be taken in randomly for swab tests on a daily basis at Kuwait International Airport to make sure the results of their medical certifications are correct, he added.

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