455 shops in Jeddah shut for violating COVID-19 health protocols

A poster showing healthy procedures to help curb the spread of the coronavirus, hangs at a barber shop window in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. (File photo: AFP)

Inspectors from Jeddah Municipality have cracked down on shops and establishments violating COVID-19 health protocols.

The raids carried out in different areas of the city led to closing 455 shops, the Jeddah Municipality said on its Twitter account. Additionally, several shop owners received stern warning.

As per the Saudi protocols, businesses are to adhere to precautionary measures; including providing their staff with disinfectants and sanitizers. Besides, taking the temperatures of both staff and customers at the entrances of shopping malls.

Other measures include sterilizing shopping trolleys and baskets after each use; sanitizing facilities and surfaces; closing children’s play areas and fitting rooms in shopping malls as well as ready-wear outlets.