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Bahrain orders closure of all 'non-essential businesses'

Temporary closure from 7pm on Thursday through to April 9

Bahrain orders closure of all 'non-essential businesses'

There are currently 419 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Bahrain.

Bahrain has ordered the closure of all non-essential businesses from Thursday as part of further measures to contain the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

It comes as the number of confirmed cases on Wednesday increased by 27 to reach 419 across the kingdom.

The Government Executive Committee has announced the temporary closure of all retail and industrial enterprises, which will last through until April 9, at which point, the government said, they will reopen until April 23.

Hypermarkets, supermarkets, cold stores, bakeries, pharmacies, and banks remain open and restaurants continue to provide services via take away or delivery only.

While retail and industrial enterprises are allowed to continue selling goods online.

The following types of business are excluded from these measures, and may continue to operate as usual:

  • Hypermarkets, supermarkets, cold stores, grocery stores, butcher shops and fish shops
  • Bakeries
  • Natural gas fuelling stations and liquid fuelling stations
  • Hospitals, medical centres, pharmacies and optical centres
  • Banks and currency exchange bureaus
  • Corporate administration offices of companies and organisations that conduct activities without direct engagement with customers
  • Businesses that import, export and distribute goods
  • Automotive garages and repair shops
  • Businesses operating in the construction and maintenance industry
  • Manufacturers

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