Kuwait imposes new restrictions to curb COVID-19 spread

Kuwait City: The Kuwaiti Cabinet of Ministers announced several new measures after an increase in COVID-19 cases.

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The government spokesman, Tareq Al Mezrem, said during a televised news conference on Wednesday night that non-Kuwaitis will be barred from entering Kuwait for two weeks as of Sunday. Those excluded from the decision are first degree relatives and domestic workers.

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Al Mezrem also revealed that starting on February 21 a mandatory seven-day hotel quarantine will be imposed on all passengers, citizens and non-Kuwaitis, entering Kuwait. Each person will be required to pay the quarantine fees out of their own pocket.

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Once the seven days are over, then passengers will be required to quarantine an additional seven days at home. The decision will be in effect for one month, with a possibility of extension.

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Protest planned

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As of Sunday, all gyms, wellness centers and salons are ordered to be shut for the duration of one month. The salons union has announced that they will be staging a demonstration in front of the National Assembly (parliament) on Saturday to protest the decision.

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Restaurants, malls and commercial shops are also hit by the new measures as they are required to close between the hours of 8pm to 5am. Food delivery services are exempt from the decision and will be able to continue regular activity. The decision will also go into effect on Sunday and will last for one month, with possible extension.

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The new measures also include a total ban on any National Day celebrations as February is usually a festive month given that Kuwait’s national day is on February 24 and liberation day is the day after.

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