Fahmi Revises Curfew and Shop Closing Times


Interior Minister Mohammed Fahmi on Sunday revised the duration of the nighttime coronavirus curfew and essential shop closure.

According to a memo issued by Fahmi, at Prime Minister Hassan Diab’s directions, the curfew will now begin at 8pm instead of 7pm. It will still end at 5am.

Supermarkets, shops that sell all kinds of foodstuffs and restaurant delivery services will meanwhile be allowed to operate from 5am until 8pm.

The government has been enforcing a so-called state of general mobilization since March 15 in a bid to contain the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. The measures include the closure of non-essential public and private institutions as well as the country’s air, land and sea ports of entry.

Lebanon recorded only one coronavirus case on Sunday, which raises the total to 673.

Twenty-one people have so far died of the disease and dozens have recovered.


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