Government offices restart operations in Erbil: coronavirus operations room

Restaurants, tea houses will reopen
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 11) that employees at government offices will operate on a rotation schedule from Sunday to Wednesday until July 18, except for healthcare workers, the security forces and service directorates, including civil defense, water, and electricity.

Every shop, bazaar, and place of business will be closed in the governorate and its districts and sub-districts between the hours of 12 a.m. and 5 a.m.

People will be allowed to travel to and from the governorate if they have permission from the Kurdistan Regional Government's (KRG) Ministry of Interior.

Travelers who return to Erbil International Airport from abroad will have to prove that they have been tested negative for the virus in the country they came back from, otherwise they will be tested and quarantined for fourteen days.

All mosques, religious sites, meeting halls, gyms, and shisha bars will remain closed. Restaurants, cafes, and all places serving food must use plastic utensils and, if they do not follow the regulations, they will be closed for a week or more.

According to the health ministry, there have been 9,201 cases of coronavirus in the Kurdistan Region. An official tally of 3,294 patients have recovered from COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus infection, and 312 have died from it.

(NRT Digital Media)