Kuwaitis queued up at food markets and petrol stations a day before a complete 20-day curfew takes effect across the country.
Kuwait , Kuwait
11 May 2020, 12:00 AM
30 May 2020, 12:00 AM
Kuwait goes into complete lockdown for three weeks starting Sunday, May 10, as part of efforts to curb the spread of Covid-19. The lockdown will start at 4pm on Sunday and end on May 30, encompassing the Eid Al-Fitr holidays.
Hundreds of people showed up since the morning hours at the market in the governorate of Al Farwaniya, Kuwait’s main residential area, Al Rai newspaper reported online.
“I have not seen before in my life in Kuwait such human crowding for food,” a guard regulating access to the market said.
Private supermarkets and groceries will also be allowed to remain open in certain areas.
Other private sector activities will not be permitted and all delivery services – except for cooperative societies and pharmacies – will also be suspended.
People are allowed to go on walks inside residential areas between 4.30pm to 6.30pm daily, but they have to wear masks. They are also not allowed to drive.
The government has reassured the public over food supplies and urged against crowding and hoarding.
“We will not allow the health crisis of the coronavirus to turn into a food crisis,” Minister of Commerce and Industry Khaled Al Al Roudhan said.