The Cabinet just approved to extend the general mobilization period, again. This makes it the 8th time since first enforcing it in March.
The decision came after the Higher Defense Council’s recommendation of extending the general mobilization until August 30th.
On Monday, Lebanon’s government enforced new lockdown measures to contain the outbreak after a resurgence of infections.
“We are in a new phase in our war against the coronavirus pandemic,” said PM Hassan Diab in a tweet.
“We must take strict measures to protect our people and society. It is necessary to strictly implement the decisions in all regions, and it is forbidden to be lenient.”
The new general mobilization period comes paired with strict lockdown measures, ordering a partial re-closure of the country.
According to Interior Minister Mohamad Fahmi, the country will be in lockdown between July 30th to August 3rd, then again from August 6th to 10th.
Bars, nightclubs, places of worship, markets, parties, events, weddings, etc must shut down completely. Restaurants and cafes must reduce capacity to 50%. However, the airport will remain open, but with tighter measures for travelers.
This new lockdown begins right before the 4-day Muslim holiday Eid Al-Adha.
Authorities will now have to enforce this government decision on citizens. They are setting up checkpoints around cities to make sure people are abiding by the measures and wearing face masks.
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