Over 300 Saudi Businesses Fined Due to Violating Anti-COVID-19 Measures

Published January 11th, 2021 - 11:45 GMT
Over 300 Saudi Businesses Fined Due to Violating Anti-COVID-19 Measures
Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Commerce said it carried out 3,244 inspections on markets, centers, shops and outlets in all regions of the Kingdom from Dec. 31 to Jan. 7, to check that commercial establishments were adhering to coronavirus prophylactic measures. (Shutterstock)
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Most of the fines were for failure to enforce social distancing rules and a lack of face masks, the Ministry of Commerce said.
Saudi Arabia has fined more than 300 businesses since the start of the year for breaking rules aimed at stopping the spread of COVID-19.


Most of the fines were for failure to enforce social distancing rules and a lack of face masks, the Ministry of Commerce said.

More than 3,000 inspections were carried out between Dec. 31 and Jan. 7 at markets, centers, shops and outlets across the Kingdom.

The ministry said it had issued 306 immediate violations, most of which were for breaking social distancing rules and a lack of face masks.

The ministry said it would continue inspection tours, and stressed the importance of “measuring the temperature of employees and customers at the entrances of malls and shopping centers,” Saudi Press Agency reported.

The ministry said shops that failed to apply precautionary measures would be fined SR10,000 ($2,665). The penalty would double and the business forced to close if the violation was repeated.

It added that a fine of SR5,000 ($1,333) will be imposed on customers and employees face a fine of SR5,000 if they exceed the maximum number of people permitted in one establishment.


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