Saudi Arabia reiterates warning of $267 fine for violating coronavirus measures

Concerned over the possibility of people lowering their guard against COVID-19, Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Interior has once again warned against ignoring coronavirus countermeasures

  
Restaurant workers wearing protective suits walk to disinfect the restaurant's cars to prepare them for food delivery during the month of Ramadan, as a preventive measure against coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia April 19, 2020. Image used for illustrative purpose.

Restaurant workers wearing protective suits walk to disinfect the restaurant's cars to prepare them for food delivery during the month of Ramadan, as a preventive measure against coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia April 19, 2020. Image used for illustrative purpose.

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RIYADH — As the number of coronavirus cases continues to drop in Saudi Arabia, authorities are making all efforts to prevent a second wave of the deadly infection in the Kingdom.

Concerned over the possibility of people lowering their guard against COVID-19, Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Interior has once again warned against ignoring coronavirus countermeasures, such as wearing a face mask in public or social distancing. Any lapse on part of a citizen or resident will invite a hefty fine of SR1,000, the ministry reiterated in a statement on its official Twitter handle on Thursday.

“Anyone who deliberately violates the coronavirus precautionary and preventative measures will be punished with a fine of SR1,000.”

The violations the ministry warned against include:

— not wearing a face mask

— not following social distancing measures

— refusing to have your temperature checked upon entering a private or public facility

— not following protocols when your temperature rises to above 38 degrees Celsius

In a statement on Monday, Saudi Health Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah called on people to continue to adhere to preventative measure, saying that several countries are currently witnessing a second wave of COVID-19 as people there stopped following preventative measures and not wearing a massk.

“We ask everyone to cooperate by applying health precautions and not being complacent. We are all in the same boat, and the failure of some affects everyone,” the minister tweeted..

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