COVID-19: Women’s gym in Saudi Arabia closed for failing to comply with preventive measures

Cairo: Municipal authorities in the Saudi holy city of Mecca have shut down a women’s gym for failing to comply with preventive protocols against the coronavirus, according to media reports.

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The licence of the facility, located in Al Shawqia, will not be renewed as a form of punishment that also includes fines, the head of the Women’s Monitoring Directorate Al Anud Bin Mansi said.

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“Inspection tours of all female institutions will be intensified to ensure their commitment to apply all rules,” she said.

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“Inspection teams will not be lax in doing their duties well in cooperation with municipalities in monitoring and detecting violating stores,” the official added.

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In July, Saudi Arabia allowed all businesses to resume their activities amid strict measures against COVID-19 under a plan for a gradual return to normal life in the kingdom.

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While relaxing several virus-induced curbs in recent weeks, Saudi Arabia has repeatedly warned against violating measures adopted to contain the highly contagious disease including observance of social distancing, mandatory wearing of protective face masks and a ban on large gatherings.

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The kingdom so far has recorded a total of 294,519 virus cases and 3,303 related deaths.

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