Palestine announces partial easing of lockdown measures

21, Mar 2021 | nepaltraveller.com

Palestine on Saturday announced a partial easing of the current complete lockdown measures

RAMALLAH,

Palestine on Saturday announced a partial easing of the current complete lockdown measures, including reopening stores and restaurants. Government spokesman Ibrahim Melhem said the new measures will be implemented for two weeks, adding that stores and restaurants are allowed to reopen while maintaining strict health measures, and at a maximum capacity of 30 percent of their staff.

Cafes are only allowed to open for delivery services. Banks are asked to operate at an emergency pace and in accordance with the instructions of the Palestine Monetary Authority. Industrial sectors should be working at a maximum capacity of 30 percent of their staff, he added. But Melhem said a full lockdown will be imposed all over the West Bank on Fridays and Saturdays and the movement of all kinds of vehicles will be prohibited.

He said a night-time curfew will remain in place and all stores will be closed except pharmacies and bakeries. Meanwhile, the Health Ministry announced a mass vaccination against coronavirus will start on Sunday morning in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

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