|21 May, 2020

Bahrain 'will not enforce economic lockdown during Eid'

Businesses will continue to operate under strict protocols to limit the spread of Covid-19

General view of Bahrain World Trade Center is seen during early evening hours in Manama, Bahrain, May 2, 2020.

General view of Bahrain World Trade Center is seen during early evening hours in Manama, Bahrain, May 2, 2020.

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MANAMA: Bahrain will not enforce an economic lockdown during next week’s Eid Al Fitr holiday, revealed a senior government official.

Industry, Commerce and Tourism Minister Zayed Alzayani said yesterday that businesses will continue to operate under strict protocols to limit the spread of Covid-19.

He said the high level of awareness among the community has helped the country not to resort to a full lockdown similar to other states.

It comes as Bahrain yesterday registered 356 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the total active cases to 4,308.

“A decision on partial or full lockdown is taken based on medical data that is the primary role,” said the minister.

“At the current stage the health analysis shows we are at a situation where we can afford to take the decision (of not imposing a lockdown).

“We are very confident the society will not abuse (this decision) because their health is at stake, and we have seen excellent response from the society in terms of discipline and adherence.”

Mr Alzayani was speaking during a webinar held yesterday, during which the issue of a potential Eid lockdown was raised by leading Bahraini businessman Farouk Almoayyed.

Mr Almoayyed said such a move was vital amid an increase in the number of Covid-19 cases in the country.

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