Saudi’s Asir Municipality enforces safe food packaging in restaurants to curb spread of coronavirus

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Updated 06 April 2020

Saudi’s Asir Municipality enforces safe food packaging in restaurants to curb spread of coronavirus

  • The step is intended to protect the customers from COVID-19
  • The Municipality has launched special services for the elderly and persons with disability

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s Asir Municipality has ordered restaurants to safely and securely package meals for delivery, state news agency SPA reported.
The step is intended to protect the customers from COVID-19 by delivering safe packages, SPA added.
The Municipality has launched special services for the elderly and persons with disability amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Meanwhile, The Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) has launched electronic services which promote health awareness through interactive communication.
The services include a WhatsApp chatbot called Sarah and an app called Tameni, in cooperation with the National Digital Transformation Unit, which use AI, business intelligence, and an electronic inspection system to help residents and citizens.
There are currently 2463 infections, 488 recoveries and 34 deaths in the Kingdom.


Saudi Arabia’s ‘Awdah’ initiative helps over 12,790 expats return home

Updated 04 June 2020

Saudi Arabia’s ‘Awdah’ initiative helps over 12,790 expats return home

  • Residents with exit and re-entry visas, final exit visas and individuals with visit visas are eligible for the service
  • People can register through the Absher platform

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s initiative Awdah helped 12,798 expatriates return home amid the coronavirus travel bans, state news agency SPA reported.
The program, which means return in Arabic, was launched by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to help stranded expats return to their home countries and received a total of 178,452 individual registrations between April 22 to June 3. Only those whose countries have agreed to receive them have been flown out.
Residents with exit and re-entry visas, final exit visas and individuals with visit visas are eligible for the service.
To register, a person must use the Absher platform to provide residency number, date of birth, phone number, city of departure and name of airport at home country, the report added.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, the Ministry of Human Resources and Development, the General Authority of Civil Aviation and other governmental organizations are working together to help stranded expats return home.