Saudi Arabia has ordered the closure of all restaurants and cafes with immediate effect in a bid to halt the spread of the coronavirus Covid-19.
Over 100 people have reportedly been affected in the Kingdom by the coronavirus, and Riyadh and Jeddah both issued circulars detailing a wide range of closures to prevent further infection.
Restaurants and cafes will still be able to offer takeaway, drive-through, and delivery services, but dining-in is no longer allowed, according to local media reports.
Similar measures have been taken in other countries in the region, with the general secretary of the Syndicate of Owners of Restaurants, Nightclubs, Cafes, and Patisseries in Lebanon calling the closure of all restaurants there a “deathblow” to the industry.
The United Arab Emirates is yet to follow suit with restaurant and bar closures, although nightclubs have been closed in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.