The Acting Undersecretary for Trade Affairs at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MOCI) Saleh bin Majid Al-Khulaifi stressed the need for all establishments and shops to adhere to the measures and restrictions contained in the distinguished cabinet decision to ensure the safety of all.
He stressed that the Ministry, in close cooperation with the Ministry of Public Health and other concerned authorities, will work to ensure that facilities, shops and restaurants apply all restrictions contained in the decision.
He said that the joint inspection teams will make sure of this through tours and inspection visits to all commercial complexes, foodstuff stores and other facilities that provide the rest of the services to the public.
Al-Khulaifi also affirmed the Ministry's keenness, in light of the current circumstances associated with the increase in the number of people infected with the coronavirus (COVID-19), to ensure the continued provision of basic services to citizens and residents, on top of which is ensuring the continuity of supplies of food and consumer goods.
He pointed out that the MOCI is also keen to ensure that the concerned facilities continue to provide the necessary services and implement all health requirements, stressing in this context the state's keenness to draw up a policy based on the balance between commercial benefit and community health, benefiting from the previous experience in the year 2020.
In his response to a question about not allowing people who received vaccination to go to restaurants and barbershops, he explained that the Cabinet's decision to ban services in restaurants, barbershops and clubs comes into consideration for those who did not receive vaccinations.
He said that there are those who go through these services who have not received the vaccine and therefore are at risk of infection, and the service may be in closed places, which increases the risk of exposure to the virus. In light of the current situation and the high number of cases, it is not advisable to provide these services, especially in high-risk places, whether it is sports clubs or restaurants, he added.
Regarding the restrictions on restaurants and cafes outside commercial complexes, Al-Khulaifi pointed out that the aim of the decision is to reduce the time people sit in restaurants and cafes and not to close them.
He said that restaurants and cafes, whether in malls or in commercial streets, and clubs are allowed to offer their products and services to the public through delivery or by delivering the product or service to anyone who visits them.
Regarding the closure of popular markets on Friday and Saturday, and the exclusion of commercial complexes from that, he explained that the aim of these measures is to provide services to the public and at the same time protect society from the danger of the virus.
Regarding commercial complexes and malls, he pointed out that these complexes have modern ventilation systems, and in the event that any of them violate the requirements of social distancing or violate the rules of proportions assigned to them, they will be closed just as the previously violating complexes have been closed, calling on all shops to abide by the rules, measures and restrictions approved by the Shura Council.
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