Ministry of the Interior: the penalty for not wearing a mask can reach SR 100,000

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Saudi Gazette Report

RIYAD – The Home Office on Thursday warned that heavy penalties would be imposed on those who repeatedly violate precautionary measures and preventive protocols to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

The ministry said in a statement that failure to wear a medical mask or cloth mask or covering the nose and mouth is a violation of these preventive measures against the coronavirus. β€œThe penalty for not wearing a mask is SR1000 for an individual.

The fines will be doubled with the repetition of the offense and they will be able to reach a maximum amount of 100,000 SR in the event of repeated offenses ”, declared the ministry while stressing that the wearing of the mask preserves the safety of the people in addition to limit the spread of the epidemic and prevent infection with COVID-19.

Saudi Arabia reimposed preventive coronavirus measures such as wearing masks and maintaining effective social distancing from 7:00 a.m. Thursday following an increase in coronavirus cases, particularly the mutated Omicron variant .

The Public Health Authority (Weqaya) updated health protocols for shopping malls, markets (souks), malls, restaurants and cafes starting Thursday.

According to the updated protocols, customers are required to scan the barcode through the Tawakkalna app to automatically check their immunization status before entering facility premises.

The updated protocols state to restrict entry to only people who have completed the vaccination with immune status on the app.

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