Curfew and restriction of movement among provinces lifted as of Tuesday May 26th

Damascus, SANA – The government team in charge with confronting the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic decided to lift the nightly curfew completely as of the evening of Tuesday May 26th.

This came following a comprehensive review and evaluation of the steps taken to confront the virus, with the steps being taken seeking to balance health safety on one side and restoring economic life on the other.

The team decided to lift the restriction of movement among provinces and allow public transportation among them, as well as extending the period during which shops can open to be from 8 AM to 7 PM.

The team noted that there is still a possibility of a full curfew in the future depending on developments related to the pandemic.

The team also reviewed the preparations for organizing basic education and highschool certificates exams, as well as the preparations for reopening universities.

After evaluating the process of returning the Syrians stranded abroad, the team decided to suspend the efforts to return them until further notice.

In addition, the team decided that those who entered the country illegally will be prosecuted after finishing quarantine.

Social occasions such as weddings and funerals are still not permitted, and public parks, gyms, swimming pools, cultural centers, theatres, and private institutes are to remain closed, as well as tourist facilities such as cafes and restaurants pending another review of the situation during the next week.

Hazem Sabbagh

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