Saudi Arabia’s health minister urges public to take vaccine as strict measures ease

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As Saudi Arabia lifted most of its coronavirus restrictions on Sunday, the Kingdom’s Minister of Health Dr. Tawfik al-Rabiah urged the public to take the vaccine to protect themselves against the disease.

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“We spent a year in this pandemic, and this is our plan towards normalcy Take the step and start your journey, your safety is the most important. Get the vaccine” the minister wrote on Twitter.

Over 100 vaccine centers have opened around the country since Saudi Arabia began its nationwide vaccination campaign on December 17, according to the health ministry.

The country on Sunday eased most of its coronavirus countermeasures, including lifting the suspension on indoor dining, reopening shopping malls and gyms, and allowing entertainment activities to resume.

After months of closure, cinemas and gaming venues can open after months of closure.

Restaurants and cafes can welcome customers, but must ensure that a three-meter distance is kept between each table, and that no more than five people sit at a table.

While most restrictions were lifted on Sunday, large gatherings with over 20 people are still prohibited in Saudi Arabia.

Events and parties, including weddings and large corporate meetings in banquet halls or hotels, are not permitted.

Inspection campaigns throughout Saudi Arabia will be increased during the next period in order to ensure that all individuals and facilities adhere to the precautionary measures, with violators receiving hefty fines, an official from the Ministry of Interior told the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

All precautionary measures are subject to continuous evaluation by the competent authorities, the source added.

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