Saudi Arabia suspends public attendance of sports competitions over coronavirus

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Sports announced on Friday suspending public attendance at all sports competitions and events starting Saturday, as part of the Kingdom’s efforts to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

The ministry said in its statement that this is as a precautionary measure to stop the spread of the coronavirus in places that witness mass crowds, and the suspension will be until further notice.

It added that it will coordinate with clubs that will play Saturday as part of the matches of Prince Mohammed bin Salman Cup, to reimburrse fans for their tickets.

Saudi Arabia had confirmed five coronavirus cases as of Thursday, all of whom had arrived in the Kingdom through Bahrain or Kuwait, originally coming from Iran. Riyadh condemned Iran for allowing the Saudi nationals entry to its territory without stamping their passports.