Social gatherings including weddings parties and private diwaniyas banned



Health Minister Sheikh Dr Basel Al-Sabah issued a number of decrees yesterday banning social gatherings including weddings and parties as part of preventative measures against the coronavirus. The decrees prevent large non-family gatherings and receptions in halls and in homes. Gatherings in public and private diwaniyas are also included in the new measures. Police will be tasked to enforce the decrees, arrest violators and send them for interrogation and trial. The measures will be implemented as part of nationwide efforts to prevent the further spread of the disease.

The interior ministry later yesterday affirmed it will not tolerate violations of the health authorities’ ban on gatherings of people, with the objective of curbing the spread of coronavirus. The ministry’s public relations department, in a statement to the press, urged the public to abide by resolutions enforcing the ban in a bid to avoid penalties – either a fine of KD 50 to KD 200 or imprisonment of up to three months, or both. Police forces will make sure the public abide by the ban and will not tolerate violations, it said.-K.T.