JEDDAH — Following the Cabinet decision last Tuesday (July 16) to allow commercial activities to continue round the clock in return for fees that the Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs will specify, Okaz/Saudi Gazette sources have learned that the fee, not exceeding SR100,000 ($26,665), would be levied to keep the stores open 24/7.

The Minster of Municipal and Rural Affairs will specify the fee for the issuance of approval for commercial activities to remain open for 24 hours. The minster will also specify the business activities, for which the fees are exempt, according to the public interest or the nature of the business.

The ministry, in coordination with the Interior Ministry, will set up the necessary controls to issue approvals. The Ministry of Labor and Social Development will put in place controls for the employment of workers within hours beyond regular working hours, within the limits of its powers.