AndrewInArabia

By andrewmowat

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This road is normally solid with traffic at this time in the morning. 

Saudi Arabia, have already taken the following steps which include halting international passenger flights, canceling Umrah pilgrimages and locking down the eastern Qatif region.

Some new measures came into place this morning,

1. They have temporarily suspended government work and ordered public-sector workers to stay home for 16 days. Only those working in health, security and the military are exempted from the decision to stop people attending the work place.
2. All malls and restaurants as well as shops, coffee shops,  parks and gardens are closed. Only pharmacies and food supply activities such as supermarkets and hypermarkets would remain open, provided that they sterilize shopping carts after each use. 
3. Coffee shops can still supply take away. 
4. Companies are to quarantine expatriate workers for 14 days following their arrival. The Kingdom also suspended the gathering people in parks and at beaches.

We are fully expecting our office to be instructed to close and have put measures in place to allow everyone to work from home. 

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