Government Executive Committee postpones reopening of indoor dining services and return to in-person learning at public schools

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Manama, Sept. 17 (BNA): His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister, today chaired a meeting of the Government Executive Committee, held remotely.

HRH the Crown Prince affirmed that Bahrain’s response to COVID-19, including actions by all members of Team Bahrain, rests disproportionately on first responders who have made great sacrifices to keep the community safe, and society can best express its gratitude to them by strictly following all precautionary measures.


HRH the Crown Prince recognised the value of maintaining a robust public health response that includes all members of society as the virus continues to transcend race, ethnicity and religious affiliation.


HRH the Crown Prince emphasised that citizens and residents must all commit for Bahrain with determination over the next 2 weeks until the 1st of October so that the community can, together, mitigate the spread of the virus.


On this note, HRH the Crown Prince expressed his sincere appreciation for the dedicated efforts of first responders and thanked citizens and residents who remain committed to following precautionary health measures.


Following consideration of a report submitted by the National Medical Task Force to Combat the Coronavirus, headed by HE Lieutenant-General Dr. Shaikh Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Khalifa, Chairman of the Supreme Council of Health, it was decided to postpone the return of administrative, technical and teaching staff at public schools for a 2-week period until 4 October 2020, whilst ensuring that teachers and educational staff are periodically tested for COVID-19 in coordination with the Ministry of Health.


The Government Executive Committee also decided to extend the postponement of the return to in-person learning at public schools until 11 October 2020. This decision does not extend to private schools and their kindergartens, in accordance with measures already in place.


A decision was also taken to postpone the reopening of indoor dining services at restaurants and cafes, for a period of one month until 24 October 2020.


The National Medical Task Force associated the success of Bahrain’s frontline response to the level of coordination involved and the active participation of civil society, which has a direct impact on lowering the spread of the virus, and encouraged a return to the higher level of restraint observed in March.


The Government Executive Committee, based on the recommendations of the National Medical Task Force, called on citizens and residents to limit gatherings to members of the same household and close social circle for a duration of 2 weeks until 1 October 2020 and comply with all precautionary health measures, which require a firm commitment to wearing masks in public settings and limiting outings to necessities, while strictly observing social distancing measures.


Relevant decisions in this regard will be reviewed periodically in a manner that preserves the health and safety of everyone.