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The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) and the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (NCEMA) have announced on Wednesday that it is not mandatory to wear a face mask in certain places while keeping a safe physical distance of two metres.
"This decision comes after the noticeable decrease in the number of registered COVID-19 cases in the country, which reflects the successful national efforts in expanding the scope of testing nationwide that led to early detection of cases, and the availability of multiple vaccines along with the cooperation of the community in committing to the precautionary and preventive measures," the two entities said in a statement.
According to the new decision, face masks will no longer be mandatory when exercising in public places, commuting in private vehicles for those who live in the same house as well as at open beaches and swimming pools, according to WAM.
The local authorities should put signs showing the places where it will be allowed.
Face masks are also not obligatory for people who are alone in closed spaces, or at salons and beauty centres for facial and haircut services, apart from medical centres and clinics for diagnostic and treatment services.
The local authorities should put signs showing the places where it will be allowed "not to wear a face mask" and adhere to the physical distancing of two metres.
MoHAP and NCEMA highlighted the need to adhere to wearing a face mask in the places where it is obligatory to do so, adding, "studies confirmed that the face mask was one of the most important means to stop the spread of the virus."
They also made it clear that those who do not adhere to wearing a face mask in the places where it is mandatory to wear it will be fined.
The two entities emphasised the need to follow the preventive and precautionary measures laid down by the relevant authorities to ensure the health and safety of all members of society.
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