The Director of Quality and Tourism Control at the Ministry of Tourism, Ziyad al-Balkhi, said in an exclusive statement to Al-Watan that about 700 violations have been recorded against tourism establishments since the reopening decision last June.
He indicated that 400 establishments violated the precautionary measures they should have abided by to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Some establishments still provided hookah, going against the guidelines. Balkhi indicated that the measures taken by the ministry ranged from a fine, to a warning or a decision to close down the establishment.
He explained that the number of closures amounted to about 250 closures for non-compliance with the precautionary health conditions and the provision of hookahs.
Regarding what is being said about non-compliance at a number of establishments in various governorates, where hookahs were deliberately kept on the menu, Balkhi stressed that monitoring is being carried out on a daily basis, and each violation is penalized. He noted that some establishments are taking the risk of staying open to attract a few customers.
Balkhi indicated that the requirements governing the operations of tourism facilities will continue to be enforced, while the decision prohibiting hookahs will continue to be in place, as part of the preventive measures. He added that new decisions will be made public as soon as they are approved.
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