Jeddah skyline Saudi Arabia
Residential and commercial properties sit on the city skyline beside a highway in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Image Credit: Bloomberg

Abu Dhabi: Saudi authorities have shut down 104 Jeddah stores over the past 72 hours, for failing to abide by COVID-19 health protocols, local media reported.

Undersecretary for Sub-Municipalities, Engineer Mohammed bin Ibrahim Al Zahrani, said the stores included 25 workshops, and all violated municipal regulations and precautionary measures meant to stem the spread of coronavirus.Al Zahrani reiterated businesses are required to adhere to precautionary measures which include providing their staff with disinfectants and sanitisers, plus taking the temperatures of both staff and customers at the entrances of shopping malls.

Other measures include sterilising shopping trolleys and baskets after each use, sanitising facilities and surfaces, closing children’s play areas and fitting rooms in shopping malls and ready-wear outlets.

Any gathering of shoppers or workers inside or outside a shopping mall in a way that exceeds the numbers stipulated in the precautionary measures and preventive measures, will attract a penalty of 5,000 riyals for each person exceeding the stipulated numbers, but not exceeding 100,000 riyals.