App opens the way

MANAMA: Customers are required to download the BeAware app on their mobile phones and activate location tracking to be allowed entry to most places in the kingdom.

The requirement, published in the Official Gazette on Thursday by the Health Ministry, follows recommendations from the National Taskforce for Combating the Coronavirus (Covid-19).

Indoor dining at restaurants and cafés resumed yesterday while gyms, pools and educational institutions reopened – all with certain conditions.

The ministerial decree will see a change in how establishments keep records of their guests and use the BeAware app.

“The establishments mentioned in the following decisions may substitute the related health requirement of recording the personal data of the clients (name, contact information, date and time of the visit),” said the edict.

“Instead, they must absolutely confirm that the customer has downloaded the BeAware app and activated location tracking.”

This edict applies to:

  • Barbershops and beauty salons.
  • Establishments that provide outdoor training activities.
  • Establishments with beaches.
  • Establishments with swimming pools.
  • Restaurants and cafés.
  • Health and sports clubs and outdoor stadiums.
  • Restaurants and cafés that serve sheesha.

The edict said the Health Ministry Under-Secretary and those concerned – each within its own jurisdiction – will implement the provisions of this decree immediately.




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