MANAMA Bahrain has extended COVID-19 restrictions for another week as authorities step efforts to curb the spread of the deadly virus in the country.

The restrictions, which were originally planned to end on June 5, will now continue until July 2, the country's health ministry said in a statement carried by the Bahrain News Agency.

In the statement, the health ministry announced the following services will continue to be restricted as per directives by the executive committee working at reducing a recent spike in cases.

— Shopping malls and commercial shop with services limited to online sales and delivery

— Restaurants and cafes with services limited to delivery and takeaway

— Gyms and sports halls, swimming pools, and recreational centers

— Cinemas

— Events and conferences

— Attendance of sporting events

— Salons, barbershops, spas and beauty parlors

— Social gatherings in homes

— Schools and higher educational institutions, kindergartens, rehabilitation centers, nurseries and training centers, with the sole exception of attendance for international examinations

The following may resume without restrictions:

— Hypermarkets, supermarkets, grocery stores, and stores that sell meat products and fresh vegetables

— Bakeries

— Fuel and gas stations

— Private health clinics, with the exception of some health services for which a circular is being issued by the National Authority for Regulating Health Professions and Services

— Banks and currency exchange services

— Administrative offices of institutions and companies, whose activities do not require face-to-face dealing with customers

— Import and export distributors

— Automobile repair and spare parts shops

— Businesses operating in the processing, construction and maintenance sectors

— Factories

—Enterprises operating in the telecommunication sector

— Pharmacies


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