Interior Ministry warns of quarantine if laxity in COVID-19 protocols continues

A Saudi woman walks on a social distancing marker at a shopping center, as preventive measures against the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia May 3, 2020. (REUTERS)

The Ministry of Interior warned on Sunday about re-imposing quarantine in cities and neighborhoods; if the laxity on the part of the public in compliance with the preventive protocols continues.

Lt. Col. Talal Al-Shalhoub, spokesman of the ministry, also said that the high indicators of the epidemic curve of coronavirus in the Kingdom and the increase in critical cases lead us to a path that society does not want to pass through.

“Some restricted activities; doors are to be closed, neighborhoods and cities may be under isolation and quarantine with a halt to transportation;” he also said while addressing a joint press conference to brief on the latest developments on coronavirus.

Continuous warnings

“Despite the efforts made by our wise government; which made human health first and the continuous warnings from the concerned authorities; to adhere to health precautionary measures that protect society from the epidemic and prevent its spread, we are still witnessing those who are lax in their compliance.

“The security authorities and the executive committees continue their inspection tours in all regions of the Kingdom to follow up the implementation of precautionary measures in cities and governorates; to catch those who violate the precautionary measures and preventive protocols,” he also said.

Al-Shalhoub also revealed that these rounds of inspections resulted in the seizure of a number of those; who violated medical isolation and quarantine rules after they infected with coronavirus; which is a violation of the precautionary measures and preventive protocols to confront the pandemic.

“Imposing all regular measures against them; as punishment is waiting for those who violate the instructions of medical isolation or quarantine. This is also with a maximum fine of SR200,000 or imprisonment of two years, or of both. In the event of repeating the violation, the penalty also imposed the previous time will be doubled,” he added.