No immediate plans to impose a curfew now but nothing is ruled out--Assembly speaker



National Assembly speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanem yesterday quoted the defense minister as telling MPs that there are no immediate plans to impose a curfew now, but nothing is ruled out.The minister added that as long as people cooperate with the measures announced by the government, the chances of imposing a curfew will be lower, Ghanem said. The speaker said lawmakers asked the minister that any measure should be taken gradually and not suddenly. Ghanem appealed to the public to abide by the government measures so that there will be no need for additional measures.

Health Ministry Spokesman Abdullah Al-Sanad meanwhile told a press conference yesterday that imposing curfew remains one of the options. The talk about curfew comes after the Cabinet decided to close all shopping malls, beauty salons and barbershops as part of its measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The government also allowed restaurants to host a maximum of five people at a time and in case there are queues, there must be a distance of least one meter between people.-K.T.