Lebanon just imposed a night-time Covid-19 curfew for people who have not had at least one vaccine dose or a negative PCR that is less than 48 hours.
The new curfew starts on December 17th from 7 PM to 6 AM and will be effective until January 9th.
The decision ensued during a meeting of the ministerial coronavirus committee with Prime Minister Najib Mikati in which was discussed the recent rise in the number of Coronavirus cases.
The Minister of Public Health, Dr. Firass Abiad, stated after the meeting that “those who are vaccinated with at least one dose are excluded from the restrictions.”
The new rules also indicate that touristic establishments, restaurants, and hotels must abstain to receive, as of December 10th, guests who haven’t been vaccinated with at least one dose or don’t have a negative PCR test taken in the last 48 hours.
The Ministry of Justice will be requested to tighten the crackdown on violations of Covid-19 restrictions and measures and speed up the issuance of decisions and judgments on violations.
A decision was also taken to call on all security agencies and municipalities to be in place to keep up with the implementation of the measures and tighten control of its violation.
Dr. Abiad stressed the need to “pursue the procedure of social distancing in public places.”
These new restriction rules have been influenced by the recent rise of Covid-19 cases and the emergency of the new threatening variant Omicron that has been deemed very aggressive.