Saudi Arabia begins a return to normality … and awareness is its most prominent manifestation


          11 airports continue to receive travelers ... and the Prophet’s Mosque has opened its doors to worshipers ... and recovery has increased            

          Riyadh: Saleh Al-Zaid - Jeddah: Muhammad Al-Ayed- Madinah: Muhammad Hilal

          <p>With the decrease in the number of people infected with the new coronavirus and the rise in recovery cases in Saudi Arabia, life started to return to its normal course, as mosques opened their doors to worshipers yesterday morning, and 11 out of 28 airports in various regions returned to receive travelers after the movement stopped 71 days.

This comes with the return of government and private agencies to work, through stages governed by the standards and recommendations of health and specialized agencies, as each stage has an operational capacity that increases gradually, until it reaches its full operational capacity.

Government agencies were keen on preparing the work environment, and some of them redistributed the offices in locations that are far apart and sterilized the buildings, while stopping the process of registering the attendance of employees through fingerprinting, making a paper signature, and providing masks and sterilizers.

Awareness emerged during a field trip to the “Middle East” team as one of the most striking points, with the beginning of the second phase of the return to normalcy that lasts until June 20, after the mosques returned to open their doors yesterday and increased the movement of restaurants and cafes, the practical sectors, and the return of movement Flying internally.

Prophet’s Mosque

The Prophet’s Mosque opened its doors to worshipers yesterday morning, coinciding with the start of the decision to return the group’s prayer in Saudi mosques, except for the mosques in Mecca. Jamaan Al-Asiri, spokesperson for the General Presidency of the Prophet’s Mosque Affairs, stated that the agency’s plan includes strengthening precautionary and preventive measures to protect and protect worshipers and visitors from the Corona virus, while continuing to suspend entry to the honorable kindergarten, and to promote worshipers ’entry to the Prophet’s Mosque by no more than 40 per cent of Absorptive capacity.

Al-Asiri pointed out that the plan also includes allocating specific doors to enter the worshipers, and putting thermal detection cameras on the doors designated for entry, in addition to lifting carpets of expansions and squares in full, provided that prayer is on marble, and the washing and sterilization of the floors of the Prophet’s Mosque and its courtyards after each prayer, along with opening the domes And umbrellas periodically to renew the ventilation inside the Prophet’s Mosque, and to raise Zamzam folders and stop the distribution of Zamzam containers to reduce the transmission of infection, and laying ground lines to achieve rows spacing between them and to straighten rows, and marking these lines to achieve spacing between worshipers.

He pointed to the continued suspension of the travel of breakfast and feeding in the Prophet’s Mosque and its courtyards, the suspension of the establishment of scientific lessons and the workshops for memorizing the Qur’an and the scientific texts, and the continued closure of the Prophet’s Mosque after evening prayers and opening it one hour before dawn, as well as operating parking lots by 50 percent.

Strict procedures at airports

In a tour of “Asharq Al-Awsat” at King Khalid International Airport in the capital, Riyadh, the strict preventive measures taken by the Civil Aviation Authority seemed to impose social divergence, and to measure the temperature of all those entering the airport through thermal cameras to allow travel to those whose temperature is less than 38. Add To impose medical masks on all entrants to the airport, including employees and travelers.

Ibrahim al-Rusaa, a spokesman for the Civil Aviation Authority, said that the first phase includes operating 11 airports starting from yesterday out of 28 airports across the country, noting the ability to operate all airports, but this is related to the recommendations of health authorities. The Russians said in an interview with “Asharq Al-Awsat”: “With regard to the work carried out by the Authority’s employees after their return to work, the procedures began under the supervision of employees on the implementation of the guide issued by the authority, and it includes preventive measures and important traveler’s obligations to be followed according to the recommendations of the Ministry of Health, and we invite travelers to see them Via the authority’s website ».

He pointed out that the employees returned to work in 11 airports in the cities of Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam, Madinah, Abha, Al Qassim, Hail, Tabuk, Jazan, Al Baha and Najran with the addition of Al-Jouf and Arar today, provided that the rest of the employees in other airports will return at a future stage as directed by the concerned authorities. With regard to the return of international flights, a spokesman for “Civil Aviation” indicated that no decision has been issued in this regard yet, adding that this depends on the recommendations of the competent authorities.

Before the gradual return that started yesterday, there was movement of aircraft in Saudi Arabia for the necessary and humanitarian cases, medical evacuation aircraft and private aviation only, and among the excepted cases are cases that relate to the return of citizens to Saudi Arabia or through a “safe return” intended for residents who wish to leave to their countries. Saudi Arabia suspended all domestic flights on March 21, for a period of 14 days, and extended the period thereafter to continue until yesterday morning, and during this period excluded flights related to humanitarian and necessary cases, medical evacuation aircraft and private flights.

The Civil Aviation Authority called on all travelers to the need to implement the precautionary and preventive measures implemented in airports and to follow health guidelines to prevent the new Corona virus, including the purchase of airline tickets via electronic means only, and to limit entry to the airport only to travelers with the exception of elderly and disabled persons, and to measure the temperature The traveler at the airport, as it is permitted to travel to those whose temperature is less than 38, and to put the cloth muzzle during entry to the airport and for the entire duration of the flight and during the process of getting off the plane, as it prevented from traveling who does not adhere to the muzzle, and to follow the procedures for spacing two meters in the stage of boarding And inside the transportation buses and passenger bridges.

In addition, the procedures included maintaining the distance between the two-meter distance of passengers at all stages of travel and at service providers, in addition to standing on the informative posters and attendance two hours before the flight departure time, sterilizing hands when entering the hall, disposing of the muzzle safely when leaving it, and encouraging the use of Electronic payment methods and reducing the use of banknotes while committing to medical disclosure during the reservation and reporting stage in the event of any symptoms of corona disease.

The employees of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah also returned to their places of work in the Ministry, with the implementation of preventive measures. Eng. Marwan Al-Suleimani, Director General of the branch of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah in Jeddah told Al-Sharq Al-Awsat that these measures will enhance the social separation between employees of the ministry in order to coexist with the pandemic, stressing that these procedures are reviewed and updated according to the requirements that ensure the progress of work.

3559 recovered in a day

In addition, new cases of recovery from corona continued to rise, and the Ministry of Health announced yesterday that it registered 3559 cases of recovery, bringing the total number of people to recovery to 62442 people.

The ministry also announced monitoring of 1,877 new cases of the virus, bringing the total number since the beginning of the disease in the country to 85,261 cases, with 23 deaths recorded, bringing the total deaths to 503 people.


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