Kuwait has revealed a five-phase plan to return to normal life in the country, which has been brought to a standstill by the coronavirus pandemic.
Kuwait , Kuwait
30 May 2020, 12:00 AM
06 June 2020, 12:00 AM
Kuwait will enforce a 12-hour partial curfew from 6pm to 6am starting Sunday as part of a five-phase plan to gradually return to normal life, the Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) has announced.
Kuwait Minister of Health Dr. Sheikh Bassel Al-Sabah revealed that the plan would start on Sunday and each phase would last for three weeks, with any movement forward subject to assessment by health authorities.
Kuwait’s Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Khalid Al Hamad Al Sabah said, “We have approved a plan to gradually return to normal life, as we cannot continue with the complete lockdown. Returning to normal life and living with the pandemic is a must.”
Dr. Basel Al Sabah, Minister of Health, said the plan will be implemented across five phases, each of which spans three weeks, leading smoothly to the gradual restoration of normal life. However, Al Farwaniya, Khaitan, Holi, Jleeb Al Shuyoukh and Mahboula will remain under lockdown, where intensified security patrols will station in these areas, the minister said.
In the first phase, mosques, industrial activities, public services including maintenance and laundry, home delivery services, drive thru services at restaurants and cafes, food retail shops, cooperative societies, company transport vehicles, patrol stations and private hospitals and medical clinics, will reopen.
Government offices will resume work with 30 per cent staff in the second phase of the plan. The sectors, which are set to reopen in the second phase, include the banking and financial sector, construction and building, retail shops, while commercial centres will open from 6am to 10pm.
In the third phase, government and private sector employees will resume work with at least 50 per cent of staff. Hotels, resorts and hotel apartments will also reopen, while taxis will be allowed to transport only one passenger.
In the fourth phase, Public transport, restaurants and cafes will resume work provided they abide by social distancing.
In the fifth and final phase of the plan, government and private employees can resume worth with 100 per cent capacity. Family gatherings, weddings, social occasions and graduation ceremonies will no longer be banned.