Decisions of High Security Council meeting on coronavirus

APS - 24 March 2020

ALGIERS - President of the Republic Abdelmadjid Tebboune on Monday chaired at the Presidency of the Republic headquarters, a High Security Council meeting on the examination and the monitoring the evolution of the coronavirus pandemic in Algeria. In the aftermath of the meeting, a press release was made public:

"As part of the measures taken by the authorities to deal with the pandemic of the coronavirus Covid-19, President of the Republic Abdelmadjid Tebboune, Minister of National Defence, Supreme Chief of the Armed Forces chaired on 23 March 2020, at the headquarters of the Presidency of the Republic, a meeting of the High Security Council devoted to the assessment of the health situation prevailing in Algeria, in the light of the latest decisions taken in this regard as well as the means of strengthening the system put in place to stem the spread of the pandemic across the national territory.After listening to a presentation by the Minister of Health, Population and Hospital Reform and in addition to the measures already decreed in Executive Decree No. 20-69 of March 21st, 2020, the President of the Republic gave instructions so that the following measures can be implemented immediately:

Decisions covering national territory are:
- All cafes, restaurants and stores must be closed, with the exception of those supplying food (bakeries, dairies, grocery stores, fruit and vegetable). In case of infringements, the operating licence shall be withdrawn and traders blacklisted. Punishments might also be extended to definitively closure of premises and prohibition of exercise.

- All the venues of celebrations, family festivities and others must be closed. In the event of repeated breaches, authorities shall arrest and punish the perpetrators.

- In any facility and place open to the public, a mandatory safety distance of at least one meter between two persons must be respected. It is up to the relevant administrations to ensure compliance with this safety distance

- All taxis operating throughout the national territory must suspend activities. In the event of non compliance, licences shall be withdrawn.

- The customs services are tasked with reducing the customs clearance procedures for medical equipment and sanitary products dedicated to the fight against the Covid-19/ coronavirus.

- The measure of granting paid leaves to 50% of staff is also applicable to the economic sectors and public and private services, the losses of which will be examined and evaluated for subsequent support by the State.

Provincial commissions must be created to coordinate sectoral action to prevent and combat the pandemic of Coronavirus Covid-19.

This commission is composed of the Governor, president, the attorney general, the commander of the gendarmerie group, the chief of police, the representative of the DGSI, the president of the provincial People’s Assembly and the president of the Communal People’s Assembly. It is responsible for implementing the decisions of the National Security Commission for the fight against the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

2- the decisions concerning the province of Blida:
- The province of Blida is put under lockdown for a period of ten (10) days, renewable. Any movement from and to this province is banned.

- Any person who must exceptionally leave home shall be authorized beforehand by the competent gendarmerie or national police services.
- Exceptional measures will be taken to ensure the supply of the population with sanitary and food products.
- Checkpoints will be put in place.

3- Decisions concerning Algiers:
-Movement is prohibited from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.
- This measure will be extended to all the cities where the virus has already started and where the virus willbreak out, in accordance with the daily observations of the Ministry of Health, Population and Hospital Reform.
All gatherings of more than two people are banned
-The itinerant merchants of food products are authorized to exercise their activities in rotation by district, while avoiding any crowd.

The President of the Republic again expressed encouragement and support to all the personnel of the health sector and civil protection, and State officers.