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Saudi Arabia tightens restrictions amid rising Covid-19 cases

Proof of vaccine boosters will be required to access public spaces from February 2022 onwards

Saudi Arabia has introduced restrictions to curb the spread of the recently discovered Omicron Coronavirus variant.

Anyone aged 18 and over who received their second vaccine dose eight months ago or more must provide proof of having taken a vaccine booster to enter public establishments, such as shops and cafes, from February 2022 onwards.

Authorities have announced that masks will once again be mandatory in both closed and open spaces, and residents have been reminded to abide by social distancing rules.

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Restrictions were eased in the kingdom back in October 2021, when it was announced that masks would no longer be mandatory in open spaces for people who are fully vaccinated.

People were also allowed to congregate normally and at full capacity in dining areas, cinemas and other public areas. This also included the removal of restrictions on the number of people attending weddings and other private gatherings.

 

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