Government of Lebanon announces new measures to address COVID-19 outbreak

Prime Minister, Hassan Diab, declared on March 15th, 2020 in a televised statement and after an extraordinary cabinet session, a state of general mobilization until March 31st, 2020.

He announced, a set of additional measures and decisions taken by the government to deal with the emerging Coronavirus COVID-19, with the aim of protecting Lebanon and its citizens.

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Key measures taken till date are:

Education Sector:

  • Education institutions (nurseries, kindergartens, schools,universities, colleges, institutions and training institutes) are closed since three weeks.

Travel Measures:

  • Further to the measures previously announced regarding the suspension of flights to/from some countries (Italy, South Korea, Iran, China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan) and no entry to persons coming from France, Egypt, Syria, Iran, Germany, Spain, United Kingdom,
  • all land and sea border crossing points in Lebanon and President Rafic Hariri International Airport are closed to passenger traffic, as of Wednesday March 18 (23:59 pm), 2020 until March 29, 2020 (except for commercial freight).
  • Lebanese and their family members as well as those who hold residency cards in Lebanon are allowed to return until March 18, 2020. They will have to undergo a health screening (pcr) test at the airport. If they do not show COVID-19 symptoms they must still adhere to home isolation for 14 days.

Public events, religious gatherings and tourism:

  • All public events and gatherings are suspended. Citizens are advised to avoid social and religious events.
  • Tourist and archaelogoical sites are closed.
  • Sporting events are suspended, and cinemas, musea/galeries, sports clubs, restaurants, nightclubs and bars are closed since ten days.
  • It is stressed that citizens are required to stay in their homes as far as possible, and to avoid leaving homes unless absolutely necessary.

Organizing work in the public and private sectors:

  • Closure of public departments, institutions, municipalities etc.
  • Public and private sectors are called upon to adopt rotating schedules.
  • Every one encouraged to continue work and study from home.

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