Cinemas, spas and swimming pools to reopen for vaccinated and Covid-recovered during Eid

MANAMA: Movie fans are in for big screen delights again when cinemas reopen after the pandemic crackdown from the first day of the Eid Al Fitr holiday ... provided they present valid vaccination certificates using the ‘BeAware’ application.

At the same time, other indoor delights will also require the presentation of vaccination certificates. The move follows the presentation of updated findings and data to the Government Executive Committee, the National Taskforce for Combating Covid-19.

The move is likely to encourage more people to have the free jab and help the country slowly recover from health and economic challenges caused by the pandemic.

The following attractions will be reopened to those who are 14 days past their second dose of an approved Covid-19 vaccination, those who have recovered from the virus, and those below the age of 18 accompanied by a vaccinated parent or guardian: Cinemas, spas, indoor dining services, gymnasiums, indoor swimming pools, indoor children’s play centres, indoor events and conference halls, and fan attendance at sporting events.

The taskforce underscored the importance of abiding by health and social distancing guidelines.



With regard to PCR tests for those arriving to the kingdom, these will no longer be required for those who are vaccinated or those who have recovered from the virus, where vaccination certificates can be presented via the ‘BeAware’ application, starting from the first day of the Eid Al Fitr holiday.

All decisions will remain subject to periodic review, in a manner that preserves the health and safety of all, officials added.

The taskforce, headed by Supreme Council for Health chairman Lieutenant General Dr Shaikh Mohammed bin Abdulla Al Khalifa, emphasised the kingdom’s commitment to continue intensifying efforts to combat Covid-19, and noted the importance of everyone supporting these efforts – and frontline workers – by carefully following all health and social distancing measures, as a matter of social and national responsibility.

The taskforce highlighted that the recent marked increase in cases is due to complacency at social gatherings, underscoring the importance of registering to be vaccinated, non-participation in these social gatherings, and following all health and precautionary measures.




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