Bahrain: Significant spike in Covid-19 cases leads to health ministry warnings

by BTM

Sun, 31 January 2021

Bahrain: Significant spike in Covid-19 cases leads to health ministry warnings

Health Minister Faeqa bint Saeed Al Saleh has called for a greater adherence to precautionary measures from all citizens and residents in order to limit the spread of Covid-19.

It comes after large spikes in coronavirus cases, with 655 positive results were recorded yesterday, with a further two deaths today.

The minister indicated the government's continuous efforts to address the pandemic, reduce the virus cases and manage the country’s recovery. However, she stressed that the cooperation of citizens and residents will be a key element in achieving this, urging the adherence to precautionary measures such as staying away from gatherings, wearing masks and maintaining social distancing.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Industry, Commerce & Tourism (MOCT) has urged restaurants, cafes, shisha cafes and other food and beverage establishments to uphold COVID-19 mitigation rules from today, as three weeks of indoor dining will be barred.

The Ministry reiterated that food service facilities are required to observe seating capacity restrictions and social distancing requirements stipulated by the Ministry of Health.

Under current restrictions, reservations in outdoor areas are limited to 30 people per individual booking; occupancy at tables is limited to 50 percent of their capacity; a maximum of 6 persons may be seated at a table; and tables must be at least two metres apart.

The Ministry noted that noncompliance is an act of wrongdoing that undercuts preventative efforts and may result in legal action against violators consistent with Public Health Law.