The Kuwaiti Cabinet decided on Monday to restrain traffic into the country via the land and sea routes and banned customers’ presence inside restaurants and cafes. The council of ministers’ decision came during the weekly session, held at Seif Palace – chaired by His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah.

The cabinet also decided to close the land and sea passageways, with an exemption for shipping and workers in the divided zone. Citizens will be allowed to return to Kuwait via the land and maritime ports, with the company of “first-degree” relatives and domestic workers.

The MoI and the customs directorate are assigned to implement this resolution, effective February 24 until March 20. The cabinet decided to form a joint commission, headed by the Ministry of Interior. It will group the Ministry of Health and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and will be tasked with overseeing the mechanism of enforcing the institutional quarantine on all arrivals in the country. Moreover, the cabinet decided to ban dining inside restaurants and cafes, including those located at the shopping malls, however, delivery services will be allowed. This will be enforced as of February 24 for an indefinite duration.

The Council of Ministers approved reducing the workforce in ministries from 50% to 30%, in addition to requesting the remaining employees to work remotely.

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