Jeddah skyline Saudi Arabia
Residential and commercial properties sit on the city skyline beside a highway in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Jeddah's authorities have closed a shopping centre and a major restaurant for failing to abide by the rules to fight coronavirus. Image Credit: Bloomberg

Dubai: The Saudi Ministry of Interior announced on Friday it will reimpose some restrictions in Jeddah starting June 6 until June 20, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

The move has been taken after the Ministry of Health noticed a spike in the number of cases reported in the area and as part of the country’s efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus.

The new measures include restricting movement across the city from 3 p.m. to 6 a.m., suspending all workplace attendance for employees in both the private and public sector, and prohibiting dining in all restaurants and cafes.

Congregational prayers at mosques and gatherings of more than five people will also be banned.

However, the ministry said that all domestic travel through air and land will be allowed, and entry into and out of the city will not be restricted outside the curfew hours.

The move is based on the assessment made the competent health authorities after reviewing the epidemiological situation and the high occupancy levels of the intensive care units in the city.

All essential workers and groups who were previously exempt from restrictions will also be exempt from the new measures given that they continue to adhere to precautionary rules and procedures.

An official from the interior ministry added that the number of cases in the capital Riyadh will also be monitored in the upcoming days to determine whether strict measures must be imposed, according to SPA.

However, as of now all other cities and provinces will not have restrictions reimposed, but if the situations worsen in any city or province, the ministry will be updating its rules in that area.