Riyadh – The Ministry of Interior warned that persons found repeatedly violation of the precautionary and preventive protocols would be fined heavily.
The ministry said that failure to wear a medical mask or fabric mask or any other means; to cover the nose and mouth violates the preventive measures against coronavirus. “The first time violation penalty for not wearing a mask is SR1000 for an individual.
The fines will double with repeated violations. In the event of the repeated violations, it could reach up to a maximum amount of SR100,000,” the ministry said while emphasizing that masks protect people, stop the spread of the epidemic, and prevent infection of COVID-19.
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According to the updated protocols, customers need to scan the barcode through the Tawakkalna application; to automatically verify their immunization status before entering the facilities’ premises.
The updated protocols stipulate restricting entry to only those individuals who have completed the vaccination with immune status on the app.