COVID-19: Saudi Arabia extends entertainment, dine-in restrictions

Fayez Nureldine / AFP

Saudi Arabia has extended restrictions on entertainment activities, gatherings, and dine-in restaurant services by 20 days, state news agency SPA said on Sunday, citing an interior ministry statement.

The announcement extends a set of measures brought in 10 days ago and includes cinema and indoor sports centre closures.

The restrictions, which come into effect from 10:00 pm (local time) on Sunday evening, could be extended again, the ministry statement said.

Two weeks ago Saudi Arabia suspended entry to the Kingdom from 20 countries, with the exception of Saudi citizens, diplomats and medical practitioners and their families.

On Saturday, the country recorded 337 new coronavirus cases and four deaths. It saw daily infections fall from a peak above 4,000 in June to dip below the 100 mark in early January. 

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