Manama, Jan.7 (BNA): The Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism shut down 23 trading outlets which flouted the mandatory precautionary measures for combating the novel coronavirus (COVID -19).

A lawbreaker was sentenced to one year in prison for repeated violations, while others found in breach of the mandatory measures were fined BD1000 to BD5000.

The clampdown was in accordance with Article No. (121) of Law No. (34) of 2018 issuing the Public Health Law, whereby all judicial decisions referred from the Public Prosecution to the judiciary were issued within a period not exceeding 24 hours.

The ministry said that 74 commercial establishments were visited on the night of the New Year holiday reached 74 commercial establishments to ensure their compliance with the mandatory precautionary measures. A total of 298 of commercial establishments were visited as of January 5. 

The clampdown which was coordinated with the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Interior and the Bahrain Tourism and Exhibition Authority (BTEA),  aimed to protect members of society and ensure the  health and safety of all visitors to tourist facilities, such as hotels, restaurants, and tourist venues.



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