27 September Tuesday

Bahrain eases COVID-19 restrictions as cases fall

Anas YassinUpdated: Sunday Jul 25, 2021

Manama : Bahrain has eased its Covid-19 restrictions from orange alert level to green alert level as confirmed infections and deaths have continued to decrease rapidly, the kingdom’s disease monitoring agency said.

The move, part of a four-tier alert light signal system in place over COVID-19, came into effect on Friday.

During the green level period, both vaccinated and unvaccinated people are allowed entry to a number of sectors including the unrestricted business.

According to guidelines issued by the National Medical Task Force for Combating the Coronavirus, unrestricted areas include shopping malls, shops, restaurants, cafes, gyms, swimming pools, barbershops, salons, spas, entertainment centers, government facilities, and outdoor events and conferences.

However, the entry into cinema halls, indoor events and conferences and indoor sporting events are confined to those who are vaccinated and have completed 14 days after the second dose of a vaccine and those who have recovered from the coronavirus. A vaccinated or recovered person must accompany children below 12 years of age.

The green level also allows an option to attend education and training institutions.

Some restrictions will remain in place, including wearing masks both inside and outside and social distancing.

The adoption of the green alert level follows a stricter orange alert level imposed during the Arafah and Eid Al-Adha holidays, a precautionary move announced by the task force, according to a state media report. And the decision to downgrade the alert level was made following a review of the average Covid-19 positivity rates during the orange level.

Bahrain has registered a total of 268,225 virus cases and 1,381 related deaths to date.

A total of 1039944 people have received the second dose of covid vaccine so far.