The deserted streets in the Saudi holy city of Makkah on April 8, 2020, during a curfew to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. Image Credit: AFP

Dubai: An official source in the Saudi Ministry of Interior said on Tuesday that the amendment of curfew time during the holy month of Ramadan will be from 9am in the morning until 5pm.

According to the Ministry of Interior announcement, in cities which are under total lock down, residents are only allowed to leave the house for groceries and medical supplies. Only one person is allowed to leave with a driver, from 9am till 5 pm, and movement will be limited inside their neighbourhoods.

For cities which are under curfew restrictions, the timings will change. People are allowed to leave their houses from 9am till 5 pm.

Saudi Arabia has put a 24-hour lock down on some cities of the kingdom. The lock down was imposed on the cities of Riyadh, Tabuk, Dammam, Dhahran and Hofuf and throughout the governorates of Jeddah, Taif, Qatif and Khobar.

Other cities have a curfew from 3pm to 6am only.

The kingdom in April extended the curfew as part of slew of intensified measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus, as the total number of COVID-19 cases have reached more than 11,000.

For people who are living in neighborhoods that are totally under lockdown, like in Mecca and Medina, they are still not allowed to leave their houses and their food supplies will be delivered by authorities.