Cairo: Saudi authorities have intensified nationwide inspection campaigns of different businesses to ensure their compliance with health precautions set to stem the spread of the new coronavirus.
As part of their field tours, municipal authorities in the region of Al Jawf in northern Saudi Arabia have closed 73 barber shops and female dress-making workshops for ignoring precautions against the virus, online newspaper Sabq reported.
The closures came during an inspection of 639 stores in the region, resulting in total 236 violations of health rules, according to the report.
The municipality vowed zero tolerance against violators of hygiene rules to protect health and safety of citizens and expatriates. The public are urged to play an “active role” in reporting violations via the hotline 940 to municipal authorities.
Last month, Saudi Arabia allowed all businesses to resume their activities amid strict measures against COVID-19 under a plan for gradual return to normal life in the kingdom.
Barber shops and beauty salons are required according to reoperation measures to abide by precautions including social distancing, regular disinfection and providing sterilisation for clients. Employees on duty have also to wear protective face masks while crowding is banned inside the shops.
While easing virus-related restrictions, Saudi Arabia has retained a halt to international air travel and the Umrah journeys and imposed a ban on gatherings of over 50 persons.