Cafes & Restaurants In Lebanon Can Now Serve Shisha Again

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The Ministry of Tourism announced on Wednesday that cafes and restaurants can now be allowed to serve shisha.

This would be the first time since they closed due to the coronavirus as a preventative measure to halt spreading the virus.

Cafes and restaurants will still need to implement safety measures detailed by the Tourism Ministry.

These measures include testing their employees often, using steam sterilizer, and disinfecting the shisha or nargileh well between each use. 

Of course, smoking, especially shisha, is not healthy or encouraged. So implementing safety measures on it is quite ironic. Nevertheless, one cannot argue that it is an important part of Lebanese social culture.

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It is a step towards going back to normal as the number of infected cases has somewhat decreased since the surge of cases overtook the country back in May. 

Since June 1st, Lebanon has been slowly reopening its businesses, beaches, malls, cafes, and restaurants, and more.

They have all been following safety measures, such as wearing face masks, social distancing, and continuous sanitization.

In addition, Beirut’s airport is set to open on July 1st, hoping to revive Lebanon’s economy through tourism.

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