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Bahrain extends Covid-19 restrictions 

The decision to extend restrictions until 2 July was made to maintain the declining trend in daily cases

The National Medical Taskforce for Combatting Coronavirus has announced an extension of Covid-19 restrictions in Bahrain for a further week.

Supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries, gas stations, private health clinics and pharmacies can continue business, while restaurants and cafés will only be able to offer delivery and takeaway services, and shopping malls and commercial shops, gyms and swimming pools, cinemas, salons and spas will remain closed.

Social gatherings in homes are prohibited, and school and other educational institutions will offer online learning, with the exception of international examinations.

The decision was made to extend these restrictions, which had already been prolonged by two weeks, in order to maintain the declining trend of daily cases.

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Once lifted, previous restrictions limiting indoor recreations, such as exercising at gyms and dining out, will be limited to fully vaccinated individuals only. 

So far, more than 930,000 second doses of the approved Covid-19 vaccines (Sinopharm, Pfizer-BioNTech, Oxford/Astrazeneca, Sputnik V and Janssen and Sputnik Light) have been administered in Bahrain.

Residents can register and book their vaccine appointments via the healthalert.gov.bh website or by using the Bahrain BeAware app. 

Bahrain has also updated its travel policy, requiring all arrivals to take a PCR test before departure. Those from red-list countries will need to present a negative result within 48 hours of departure, and those from other countries will need result certification obtained within 72 hours.

The testing requirement does not apply to those who have been fully vaccinated in the GCC, the EU, UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea and Singapore.

For more information, visit www.healthalert.gov.bh

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