Cairo: A school for female driving in Saudi Arabia has reopened in the port city of Jeddah amid stringent precautions against the spread of the novel coronavirus, Saudi state TV Al Ekhabariya has reported.
The school at the King Abdulaziz University has started again to receive requests for training and applying for driving licences, the report said.
“The school employees were notified via email of details of the preventive measures, a step that has facilitated resumption of work,” manager of the school’s personnel affairs, Ilham Madani, said.
The anti-virus measures in place at the school include checking trainees’ temperatures, availability of sterilization tools, regular disinfection of classes and simulation equipment, applying distancing rules and downsizing the number of trainees.
In 2018, Saudi Arabia allowed women to drive for the first time in its history, as part of dramatic social and economic reforms championed by young Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.
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.
Saudi health authorities so far have registered a total of 226,486 virus infections and 2,151 related deaths.