Coronavirus in Saudi Arabia: 10,000 riyal fine, jail time for curfew violators

Banner with an instruction on personal hygiene is seen at the street, following the outbreak of coronavirus, in Riyadh. (Reuters)

All those who violate the curfew implemented in Saudi Arabia from 7 p.m. until 6 a.m. for the next 21 days will be fined 10,000 riyals ($2,663) and could face jail time if they repeatedly break the law, the Kingdom’s Ministry of Interior announced on Monday.

For more coronavirus news, visit our dedicated page.

Second-time violators will also be forced to pay double the amount of the initial fine, the ministry said.

King Salman bin Abdulaziz on Sunday announced the implementation of a nation-wide curfew for 11 hours every night to prevent the deadly coronavirus from spreading further.

Drone shots of empty streets of Jeddah amid coronavirus:

Saudi Arabia on Monday reported 51 new cases of the virus, raising the total number of cases in the Kingdom to 562.

Authorities urged citizens and residents to stay at home during the hours between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m., and not to go outside unless necessary.

Thirty-three percent of coronavirus infections in the Kingdom are a result of people coming into direct contact with previously infected individuals, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Sunday.

Read more:

Coronavirus: Saudi banks to postpone repayment of loans for health employees

Coronavirus: Kuwait implements 11-hour curfew until further notice

SHOW MORE
Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:57 - GMT 06:57
Top