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Saudi bans sale of shisha in cafes and restaurants, reports

Ban introduced to curb the spread of coronavirus, with 20 cases confirmed so far

Saudi bans sale of shisha in cafes and restaurants, reports

The ban has been implemented by local authorities in several Saudi cities, including the capital Riyadh, news portal Ajel said.


Saudi authorities have banned shisha in cafes and restaurants as a precaution against the spread of coronavirus, according to media reports.

The ban has been implemented by local authorities in several Saudi cities, including the capital Riyadh, news portal Ajel said.

It added that inspections will be taking place by municipality teams to sure the restrictions are being followed.

Saudi Health Minister Tawfik Al Rabih is quoted as saying: “Tobacco and the shisha can cause infection transmission as they change hands.”

There have been 20 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the kingdom, which has introduced a number of measures aimed at containing its spread, including a temporary ban on Umrah trips, closing all educational institutions and banning travel to and from 14 countries, including the UAE, Bahrain, Oman and Kuwait.

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