Erbil continues curfew, but eases some restrictions

A general view of Erbil Citadel and Machko teahouse in central of Erbil city (File)

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SULAIMANI — Erbil governorate’s Coronavirus Operations Room said on Saturday (July 4) that the current coronavirus lockdown will be downgraded into a partial curfew until July 11, but many restrictions remain in place.

All travel is banned in the governorate and its districts and sub-districts, except for healthcare workers, the security forces, diplomats, fuel companies, cleaning companies, and employees of the service directorates, such as civil defense teams and the water and electricity directorates.

All others must obtain permission from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Ministry of Interior to travel.

Bakeries, neighborhood markets, fruit and vegetables shops, delivery companies, pharmacies, and communication companies are allowed to operate to meet the needs of people within their immediate neighborhoods, but will be closed from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. except for pharmacies.

The operation room also said that all mosques, religious sites, meeting halls, gyms, and shisha bars will remain closed.

(NRT Digital Media)