Saudi Arabia Medina shoppers
File picture: Shoppers queue up outside a mall in the Saudi city of Medina. Image Credit: SPA

Dubai: Saudi Arabia said it will ban access to shopping malls and all commercial outlets for unvaccinated people starting from August 1, local media reported on Sunday.

“People who received at least the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine will be allowed to enter malls, Abdul Rahman Al Hussein, the Ministry of Commerce spokesman, said.

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 will be limited to vaccinated people. Authorities also restricted access to government or private educational facilities as well as public transport.

The new curbs, which will take effect after 48 days, aim to urge people to be vaccinated, thereby helping stem the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

Al Hussein reiterated that the four practices that lead to crowding inside, and outside commercial establishments will remain prohibited, mainly: inviting celebrities and advertisers, conducting ceremonies for shops and markets, commercial competitions that require attendance, and launching events for products or services.

Earlier, the Ministry of Interior announced that vaccination will be mandatory as of August 1 for people who want to attend sporting and entertainment events or those wishing to participate in cultural activities and enter various private and public establishments.

Al Hussain stressed that the competent authorities will continue to monitor people’s adherence to precautions measures as they conducted 103,274 inspection visits, during which 3,436 direct violations were reported.