Covid-19: Partial lockdown from 1 pm to 7 am on two days of Eid al Fitr

APS - 19 May 2020

ALGIERS-A partial lockdown on the two days of Eid al Fitr will be applicable from 01:00 p.m. to 07:00 a.m. the next day in all provinces as part of the fight against the spread of the coronavirus epidemic, Prime Minister's office announced Tuesday in a statement.

"As part of the implementation of the directives given by President of the Republic Abdelmadjid Tebboune during the meeting with members of the Scientific Committee in charge of monitoring the evolution of the coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19), Prime Minister Abdelaziz Djerad decides additional prevention measures on the occasion of Eid al Fitr," the same source said.

"A partial home lockdown will be applicable from 01:00 a.m. until the next day at p.m. 07:00 on the two (02) days of Eid al Fitr countrywide," said the communiqué.

"During these two days, the movement of all vehicles, including motorcycles, will also be suspended between and within provinces."

In addition, "epidemiological investigations carried out by the specialized services of the Ministry of Health, Population and Hospital Reform revealed that the majority of cases of contamination have been recorded during family events and gatherings of people," recalled the source.

On the basis of this observation, "the Government urges citizens' individual and collective responsibility and extreme vigilance, and calls them to avoid all situations that encourage the spread of the coronavirus epidemic, particularly gatherings of people and family reunifications."

Moreover, the Government reminds all citizens "of the need to comply with preventive measures and the rules of hygiene and social distancing, as well as the obligation to wear a protective mask in all circumstances and in particular in closed or open public spaces, such as markets, souks and cemeteries. Failure to wear a mask will be punished."

"In addition to mobilizing textile production units, the Government authorizes the opening of wholesale and retail fabric, haberdashery and knitwear shops and garment workshops to encourage the production of masks for the general public," said the source.