NNA - Prime Minister, Dr. Hassan Diab, has chaired today at the Grand Serail, a Coronavirus Follow up Committee meeting. Attending the meeting were Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, Zeina Akar, Ministers of Interior and Municipalities Mohammad Fahmi, Social Affairs and Tourism Ramzi Musharrafieh, Public Health Hamad Hassan, Public Works and Transport Michel Najjar, Economy and Trade Raoul Nehme, Information Manal Abdel Samad, and Youth and Sports Vartine Ohanian, as well as Director General of the Presidency of the Republic Antoine Choucair, Secretary General of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers Judge Mahmoud Makie, Secretary General of the Higher Defense Council, Major-General Mahmoud Al-Asmar, and PM’s Advisor for Health Affairs Petra Khoury.
The meeting broached coronavirus-related developments, rising number of infections, and necessary measures to limit the spread of the virus.
After the meeting, Minister of Interior and Municipalities Mohammad Fahmi delivered the following statement: "Coronavirus-related preventive measures:
Article 1: Preventive measures and procedures will be taken in some sectors as follows:
In order to control the spread of the epidemic and ensure accurate and sound preventive measures are adopted, and in light of the necessity of closing some sectors again, as ofJuly 28, 2020 until August 10, 2020 inclusive, the following measures must be observed during the aforementioned period:
- Closing bars and nightclubs;
- Canceling sports races;
- Closing convention centers, halls, outdoor venues and all indoor game centers;
- Closing popular markets (Sunday Market, Friday Market, Monday Market);
- Closing indoor and outdoor children's amusement parks;
- Closing public parks;
- Closing marine docks and public beaches;
- Canceling religious events of all kinds;
- Closing indoor pools in sports clubs and suspending training sessions in sports clubs (clubs will remain open for training machines);
-Canceling all parties and celebrations;
- Communicating with all religious authorities to close places of worship;
- All restaurants and cafes must abide by the 50 percent operating capacity;
- Closing theaters and cinemas;
- Requesting all citizens aged 65 years and above to stay at home and avoid contact with others;
- Reducing transportation means capacity by 50 percent.
Article 2: Preventive measures shall be taken at border ports as follows:
- As of July 31, 2020, all travelers to Lebanon must submit a negative PCR test result, provided that the test is conducted no less than 96 hours prior to traveling, that is, 4 days before the travel date, before they get the boarding pass.
- As of July 28, 2020, all travelers coming from countries with a low infection incidence - as per the Ministry of Public Health statistics, would have to undergo a PCR test and then home quarantine for a maximum period of 48 hours, until the PCR test results are issued.
- As of July 28, 2020, all travelers coming from countries with high infection rates - as per the Ministry of Public Health statistics, would have to undergo a PCR test and then mandatory quarantine in hotels designated by the Ministry of Tourism for this purpose for a maximum period of 48 hours and at their own expense, until the results of the PCR test are issued, provided that during this period, the name of the laboratory and the date of the second PCR test are specified, so that the Ministry of Public Health carries out a second PCR test after 72 hours. The Ministry of Interior and Municipalities shall follow up and fill in the necessary information related to each case and oblige every traveler to download the special application intended for tracking travelers arriving to Lebanon in order to face the coronavirus epidemic.
Article 3: General preventive measures are taken as follows: a full lockdown shall be imposed from July 30, 2020 until August 3, 2020 inclusive and from August 6, 2020 to August 10, 2020 inclusive, which encompassesprivate institutions and markets; commercial companies; educational and banking sectors;and all gatherings of all kinds shall be forbidden. This decision excludes hospitals, health, food, security, and military institutions,as well as the pharmaceutical sector, industry, agriculture, media, in addition to sea, land and air ports, public institutions and municipalities, provided that a rotation schedule is issued by the relevant minister regarding public institutions”.--PM Press Office