COVID-19: Saudi Arabia shuts 152 businesses in Eastern Region for breaking protocols

Abu Dhabi: Saudi Arabian authorities have shut down 152 businesses in the Eastern Region for violating measures put in place to stem the spread of coronavirus, local media reported.

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Inspectors detected 1,351 violations of preventive measures in the past two days, while the offending facilities varied between cafes, restaurants, shops and outlets, due to their non-compliance with the coronavirus protocols.

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Businesses failing to apply precautionary measures face fines of SR10,000). The penalty doubles and the business forced to close if the violation iss repeated.

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A fine of SR5,000 is imposed on customers and employees if they exceed the maximum number of people permitted in a company.

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Citizens, private companies or their employees could be fined between SR1,000 and SR100,000 and jailed for between one month and a year for violating measures, according to a royal decree.

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An expatriate offender would be deported and barred from re-entering the country.

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