Bills reprieve for citizens

The government will shoulder citizens’ utility bills and municipal fees for October, November and December.

The three-month waiver will only apply to Bahrainis’ first residence, without exceeding the value of the bills for the same period last year.

This was announced during the weekly Cabinet meeting yesterday, chaired remotely by His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister.

The lifeline follows His Majesty King Hamad’s directives to introduce an economic stimulus package to minimise the human and economic impact of the coronavirus.

• The Cabinet praised the historical step taken by His Majesty to further regional peace by announcing the establishment of full diplomatic relations between Bahrain and Israel.

“The step reflects His Majesty’s approach which advocates peace as a strategic option to consolidate international co-operation and achieve stability and prosperity in the Middle East,” the Cabinet said.

It voiced support to the peace move which would harness efforts to reach a just and comprehensive settlement that reinstates Palestinians’ inalienable rights.

• Maintaining social distancing and avoiding gatherings is crucial to curb the spread of the coronavirus and maintain the plateau, the Cabinet said. It urged the public to behave responsibly and comply fully with the protocols and guidelines issued by the National Taskforce for Combating Covid-19 for virus cases in Bahrain to drop.




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