Erbil issues new rules for driving during curfew, introducing time restrictions

An empty road in Erbil during the total coronavirus lockdown (NRT Digital Media)

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SULAIMANI — Erbil governorate’s Committee Against Coronavirus on Monday (April 6) released a new list of regulations designating certain periods of the day for when certain types of drivers can be on the road during the curfew designed to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

In an effort to limit social contact and opportunities for the virus to spread, the day will be divided into four six-hour periods set aside for specific tasks. Unless drivers follow the guidelines laid out by the committee, they will be prosecuted.

According to the daily schedule, between 12 a.m. until 6 a.m., the owners of private generators, vehicles that transport gas for the generators, agents for food companies, and those who work at greenhouses, apiaries, and farms are allowed to travel.

Between 6 a.m. and 12 p.m., those who work at butcher shops and vendors who distribute propane gas in the neighborhoods, dairy products, and fruit and vegetables will be allowed on the roads, as will employees of the finance ministry and public banks who are on duty.

From 12 p.m. until 6 p.m., vehicles that transport medicines from the warehouses to the pharmacies, employees of the public banks, special vehicles for delivering food and sanitizer to the markets, and delivery and postal companies will be authorized to be in the road. During this timeslot, employees from currency exchanges and private banks are allowed to travel only on Mondays and Wednesdays, when their businesses are open in the governorate.

From 6 p.m. until 12 a.m., all travel is prohibited except those who are exempted from the order, which includes medical personnel, members of the security forces, and journalists who are on duty.

(NRT Digital Media)