Lebanon’s Lockdown Exemption Website Isn’t Working

@LunaSafwan | TDS/Hasan Shaaban

As goes into its 11-day state of emergency/lockdown, the government created a website to help provide permits for individuals who have serious reasons to leave their homes.

The website aims to allow people who are already exempted to create their passes so that they can move around the country freely during the lockdown.

It also gives a chance for people who have serious reasons to be out of their homes to acquire a permit to present to security checkpoints if they get stopped.

However, it has appeared that the website is not serving its purpose. Some people have shared that they have submitted random reasons, some even ridiculous, and even jokes, and their requests were accepted!

They probably thought to “test” the website, which has revealed to be dysfunctional.

One example of a random request that got approved was one that literally read, “I forgot my Tupperware at work and my mom is pissed off.”

Now, while the country is under a strict lockdown, the highways are packed with traffic, even worse than normal days because the ISF checkpoints need to check people’s permits.

This makes life harder for those with serious reasons to be out of the house.

It’s a complete contrast to the glorious empty streets that we saw on Sunday during the initial lockdown.

People are simply not taking seriously the importance of this strict lockdown aiming to stop the pandemic. And the authorities don’t seem to have the situation under control.

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