30 types of commercial firms allowed
The Ministry of Regional Municipalities and Water Resources (MRMWR) has ordered for closure of all commercial and industrial activities in the industrial areas.
However, the ministry has confirmed that activities and shops that have concluded contracts with government and commercial entities will only be exempted from this decision.
According to the MRMWR, only 30 types of commercial activities can operate provided they take the required preventive measures.
The ministry said the decision is in accordance with the measures stipulated by the Supreme Committee for dealing with COVID-19 pandemic.
The ministry has warned that those involved in carrying out these activities must adhere to the necessary preventive measures (service delivery sites, workers and visitors) in addition to organising service delivery process. Necessary legal measures will be taken in accordance with the laws and decisions against those violating the decision.
Who can operate
Shops selling foodstuff items
Restaurants, cafés and mobile cafés (delivery only)
Medical and veterinary clinics
Pharmacies Optical shops
Fuel stations Gas distribution outlets
Gas distribution delivery vehicles
Bakeries and bakery shops
Water bottling factories and water distribution shops
Dessert making outlets
Shops selling fodder and grains
Meat and poultry shops
Shops selling fish items
Ice cream, corn, sweets and nuts’ shops
Shops selling vegetables and fruits
Juice selling shops (delivery)
Mishkak selling shops (delivery)
Shops selling honey
Dates selling shops
Animal and poultry farms
Shops selling and repairing tyres, electric cars; oil change and car wash outlets in fuel stations and industrial areas only
Shipping and customs clearance offices
Shops selling sanitary and electrical materials (delivery requests only without receiving customers in the shop)
Non-food stores (for storage purposes only)
Sale of fishing accessories (for delivery only)
Sale and maintenance of water pumps (for delivery only)
Laundry outlets (only those with contracts with government agencies and private and tourist health institutions only) to work; it is prohibited for them deal with the public