Algeria eases more COVID-19 restrictions

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An empty street after a curfew was imposed from 7pm-7am to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Algiers, Algeria March 25, 2020. REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina
An empty street after a curfew was imposed from 7pm-7am to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Algiers, Algeria March 25, 2020. REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina

Algeria said on Saturday it will further ease its coronavirus lockdown, including shortening an overnight curfew and lifting some travel curbs.

In addition, large mosques will be allowed to reopen, along with beaches, entertainment venues, hotels, restaurants, and cafes.

The new measures include lifting a travel ban on 29 provinces from Aug. 9 until the end of the month. During that period, a curfew will be shortened and will run from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. from the current 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., the government said.

Mosques with a capacity of more than 1,000 worshipers can reopen from August 15, through Friday prayers, which attract larger numbers of people, will remain banned throughout the country.

The government will also allow the reopening of beaches and entertainment venues, as well as restaurants, cafes, and hotels from next Saturday.

It said social distancing and protection masks would be compulsory, and warned any violation of preventive measures against the novel coronavirus would prompt it to reimpose more restrictions.

The North African country has recorded 34,155 coronavirus infections, with 1,282 deaths.

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