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Traffic Light System adopted to determine Bahrain’s COVID-19 measures

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Thu, 01 July 2021

Traffic Light System adopted to determine Bahrain’s COVID-19 measures

Bahrain has adopted a COVID-19 Alert Level Traffic Light System based on COVID-19 positivity rates, to guide sector activities across the Kingdom of Bahrain.

The move comes following approval by the Government Executive Committee, the National Medical Taskforce for Combatting the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The system will help regulate sector operations and activities, and consists of 4 levels based on the average percentage of cases to tests, in addition to the level of occupancy in intensive care units, as follows:

Green: When the rolling average percentage of positive cases out of tests carried out is below 2 percent for 14 days.

Yellow: when the rolling average percentage of positive cases out of tests carried out is between 2 – 5 percent for 7 days.

Orange: when the rolling average percentage of positive cases out of tests carried out is between 5 percent and less than 8 percent for 4 days

Red: When the rolling average percentage of positive cases out of all tests carried out is 8 percent or more for 3 days.

The Taskforce indicated that moving from a higher alert level to a lower one would require staying at the same level for a period of no less than a week, but moving up from a lower alert level to a higher one can be immediate. For example, it would be possible to directly move from the green to the red level without going through the yellow and orange levels if the data indicated the need to.

The Taskforce further indicated that the thresholds set for each alert level was subject to change according to data and developments.

The medical team noted that some dates may be designated by the National Medical Taskforce at higher alert levels if deemed necessary to the health and safety of all.

According to the assessment of the average percentage of cases to numbers of tests over the last 14 days, it was decided, starting from Friday, 2 July, to adopt the yellow alert level within the COVID-19 Alert Level Traffic Light System.

Opening of the below sectors to those who are vaccinated and have completed 14 days after the second dose of a vaccination and those who have recovered from COVID-19, by presenting their green shields on the “BeAware” app. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a vaccinated or a recovered person.

• Shopping malls and shops
• Restaurants and cafes
• Gyms and sports halls
• Swimming pools
• Playgrounds and entertainment centres
• Events and conferences
• Audience attendance at sporting events
• Barber shops, salons and spas
• Cinemas with up to 50 percent of the facility’s capacity

The yellow level also allows for those who are vaccinated and not vaccinated to enter standalone government centres, and shops outside of shopping malls.

The yellow level also allows for the holding of private events at home, with no more than 30 attendees, 50 percent work-from-home policy across all government entities, as well as providing the option to attend education and training institutions. All whilst maintaining social distancing, wearing masks, and continuing to follow precautionary measures to limit the spread of the virus.

The essential sectors that will remain open are:

• Hypermarkets, supermarkets, grocery stores, and stores that sell meat products and fresh vegetables
• Bakeries
• Fuel and gas stations
• Private health clinics, with the exception of some health services for which a circular is to be issued by the National Health Regulatory Authority
• Banks and currency exchange services
• Administrative offices of institutions and companies, whose activities are not directly customer facing
• Import and export distributors
• Automobile repair and spare parts shops
• Businesses operating in the processing, construction and maintenance sectors
• Factories
• Telecom operators
• Pharmacies

The green level within the COVID-19 Alert Level Traffic Light System, would allow the following procedures but only when achieved:

Opening of the below sectors to those who are vaccinated and have completed 14 days after the second dose of a vaccination and those who have recovered from COVID-19, by presenting their green shields on the “BeAware” app. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a vaccinated or a recovered person.

• Cinemas
• Organising indoor events and conferences
• Attendance of indoor sporting events

The green level specifies a number of procedures for the vaccinated and the non-vaccinated, namely:

• Opening of shopping malls and shops
• Opening of restaurants and cafes
• Gyms and sports halls
• Swimming pools
• Barber shops, salons and spas
• Playgrounds and entertainment centres
• Entering government centres
• Organising events and conferences in external spaces
• Public attendance of sporting events in outdoor areas

The green level also includes procedures for holding private events in homes, work from home across all government entities, providing the option to attend education and training institutions, all whilst maintaining social distancing procedures and wearing masks, and continuing to follow all precautionary measures to limit the spread of the virus.

The orange level within the COVID-19 Alert Level Traffic Light System would allow the following procedures but only when achieved:

Opening of the below sectors to those who are vaccinated and have completed 14 days after the second dose of a vaccination and those who have recovered from COVID-19, by presenting their green shields on the “BeAware” app. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a vaccinated or a recovered person.

• Shopping malls and shops
• Restaurants and cafes outdoor service for 50 people, and in the indoor areas for 30 people per reservation
• Outdoor sports centres and sports halls
• Outdoor cinemas
• Barber shops, salons and spa shops (services that do not require removing the mask)
• Outdoor recreational activities
• Outdoor swimming pools
• Holding outdoor events and conferences for 50 people, and in the indoor areas for 30 people
• Public attendance of sporting events in outdoor areas
• Entering government centres

The orange level also includes the mandatory rapid testing of employees within government entities and essential sectors, allowing home gatherings with a limit of no more than 6 people, applying 70percent work-from-home policy across all government entities, and providing the option to attend education and training institutions, while maintaining social distancing, wearing masks, and continuing to follow precautionary measures to limit the spread of the virus.

The essential sectors that will remain open are:

• Hypermarkets, supermarkets, grocery stores, and stores that sell meat products and fresh vegetables
• Bakeries
• Fuel and gas stations
• Private health clinics, with the exception of some health services for which a circular is to be issued by the National Health Regulatory Authority
• Banks and currency exchange services
• Administrative offices of institutions and companies, whose activities are not directly customer facing
• Import and export distributors
• Automobile repair and spare parts shops
• Businesses operating in the processing, construction and maintenance sectors
• Factories
• Telecom operators
• Pharmacies

The red level within the COVID-19 Alert Level Traffic Light System would mean the following procedures are implemented:

• Allowing entry to government centres for vaccinated people who have completed 14 days after the second dose and who have recovered by presenting the green shield on the “BeAeware” application, and those under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a vaccinated or a recovered person.
• Closing all sectors and limiting their activities to external orders and delivery
• Applying work-from-home across all government entities
• Mandatory rapid tests for employees of government entities and essential sectors
• Suspending attendance at all educational and training institutions, activate distance learning, with the exception of attendance for international examinations.

The essential sectors that will remain open are:

• Hypermarkets, supermarkets, grocery stores, and stores that sell meat products and fresh vegetables
• Bakeries
• Fuel and gas stations
• Private health clinics, with the exception of some health services for which a circular is to be issued by the National Health Regulatory Authority
• Banks and currency exchange services
• Administrative offices of institutions and companies, whose activities are not directly customer facing
• Import and export distributors
• Automobile repair and spare parts shops
• Businesses operating in the processing, construction and maintenance sectors
• Factories
• Telecom operators
• Pharmacies

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