Bahrain extends coronavirus control restrictions for another 2 weeks

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Updated 08 April 2020

Bahrain extends coronavirus control restrictions for another 2 weeks

  • The executive committee ordered the extension of the closure of cinemas, gyms, swimming pools and fitness studios, shisha cafes from April 9 until April 23
  • Public gatherings continue to be restricted to five people or less, while all people are required to wear a face mask

DUBAI: The Bahraini government has extended restrictions aimed at controlling the spread of the coronavirus, state news agency BNA reported.
The executive committee ordered the extension of the closure of cinemas, gyms, swimming pools and fitness studios, shisha cafes from April 9 until April 23 – while restaurants and cafes will continue to be limited to providing takeaway and delivery services for the same time period.
“All non-essential medical services offered by private health clinics will remain suspended,” the committee said in a statement. Only elderly people and pregnant women will be allowed to enter grocery stores in the first hour of their openings, it added.
Public gatherings continue to be restricted to five people or less, while all people are required to wear a face mask the committee added.
Meanwhile, staff overcrowding in all businesses should be prevented in all working areas including retail stores to ensure enough social distancing is maintained at all times, the statement added.
And stores must also continue to be sterilized and strictly enforced queues with adequate space between customers must be arranged.
 


Emirates, Etihad to resume transit flights after UAE lifts suspension

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Emirates, Etihad to resume transit flights after UAE lifts suspension

  • The suspension was lifted late on Wednesday for UAE carriers
  • Foreign citizens remain banned from entering the Gulf Arab state except those holding UAE residency

DUBAI: Emirates and Etihad Airways will resume some transit flights after the United Arab Emirates (UAE) lifted a suspension on services where passengers stop off in the country to change planes, or for refuelling.
Dubai's Emirates, one of the world's biggest long-haul airlines, said on Thursday it would operate transit flights to 29 destinations in Asia, Europe and North America by June 15.
Abu Dhabi's Etihad, meanwhile, said it would carry transit passengers to 20 cities in Europe, Asia and Australia from June 10.
The suspension was lifted late on Wednesday for UAE carriers, more than two months after the Gulf Arab state halted all passenger flights in March as it introduced drastic measures to curb the spread of the new coronavirus.
It has since allowed a few, limited flights, while domestic restrictions such as the closure of shopping centres have been lifted.
Foreign citizens remain banned from entering the Gulf Arab state except those holding UAE residency, who require UAE government approval before returning.
The coronavirus pandemic, which has seen countries around the world shut their borders as they went into lockdown, has decimated the global airline industry as demand was crushed.
Many countries continue to enforce tight entry restrictions, including some countries banning foreign visitors. Airlines around the world have warned it will take years for travel demand to recover.