By Gavin Gibbon
Barber shops, beauty salons, gyms, cinemas and shisha cafes to stay shut
Almost 9,000 businesses in Riyadh will remain closed until June 20 as part of ongoing Covid-19 restrictions.
Riyadh Municipality announced that 8,787 commercial businesses, including barber shops, beauty salons, gyms, cinemas and shisha cafes, would stay closed for the time being.
The restrictions were imposed as they were activities where it was considered social distancing could not be applied as part of the phased reopening plan announced by the government last month.
Other activities that remain suspended include sports and health clubs and recreational centres.
As part of the relaxation efforts, starting from Sunday, movement is allowed daily from 6am (7am UAE time) until 8pm across the kingdom, except in the holy city of Mecca. Also, mosques, except in Mecca, are open again for group prayers, as all employees were allowed back to workplaces.
The kingdom announced 2,171 new cases of coronavirus on Wednesday, taking the total number of infections up to 91,182 – the most in the GCC.
A further 30 people have died of the virus in the country, with the death toll rising to 579.
There are 22,444 active cases, 1,321 of them described as being in a “critical condition”.
According to the Health Ministry, 2,369 more patients had recovered from Covid-19, with the country’s total recoveries standing at 68,159.