A Saudi member of staff scans a pilgrim's Hajj card, allowing contactless access to religious sites, accommodation and transport, at a reception centre in Mecca on July 18, 2021. Image Credit: AFP

Dubai: Vaccinated people will only be allowed to enter public places and private establishments, starting August 1, the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs and Housing has announced.

According to local media reports, taking two doses of the Saudi approved vaccines or recovery from infection of the virus will be a mandatory prerequisite to enter public places, commercial centres, shopping malls, wholesale and retail stores, public utility markets, restaurants, cafes, men’s barbershops and women’s beauty salons, the ministry said in a statement.

Earlier this month, Saudi Arabia announced that it will ban access to shopping malls and all commercial outlets for unvaccinated people starting from August 1.

Only vaccinated people will be given access to economic, commercial, cultural, entertainment and sports activity. Visiting any government or private establishment, whether for business or following up will also be limited to vaccinated people. Authorities also restricted access to government or private educational facilities as well as public transport.