Tunisia to lift curfew as pandemic eases

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A medical staff member attends to a patient at a regional hospital in the governorate of Beja, Tunisia, July 7, 2021. (Photo by Jdidi wassim / SOPA Images / LightRocket via Getty Images)
A medical staff member attends to a patient at a regional hospital in the governorate of Beja, Tunisia, July 7, 2021. (Photo by Jdidi wassim / SOPA Images / LightRocket via Getty Images)

Following a drop in the number of COVID-19 cases in the country, Tunisian President Kais Saied has decided to lift the night curfew from Saturday, the Tunisian Presidency said on Friday.

“After consulting the Ministry of Health and the COVID-19 pandemic management operations room, the president has decided to lift the ban on movement of people and vehicles on the entire territory, from Saturday at midnight,” reads a presidency statement.

It insisted on the importance of respecting the application of a series of procedures, in particular the obligation to present a COVID-19 vaccination certificate in order to be able to participate in demonstrations and gatherings, as well as to enter closed and open spaces.

On the other hand, the reception capacity has been increased to 50 percent from 30 percent for both closed and open spaces, with the need to apply a physical distance of at least one meter, as well as other approved health protocols.

Wearing a mask is compulsory in all public places and transportation vehicles for all the people over six years old, according to the Tunisian presidency.

A proof of full vaccination will be mandatory for arrivals from other countries to participate in all types of gatherings.

Since the start of the national vaccination campaign on March 13, a total of 3,357,086 Tunisians have completed their COVID-19 vaccination, the Tunisian Ministry of Health said Thursday.

The total number of people who registered on the electronic vaccination platform amounted to 6,208,138.

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