Government of Lebanon announces new measures to address COVID-19 outbreak
Prime Minister, Hassan Diab, declared on March 15th, 2020 in a televised statement and after an extraordinary cabinet session, a state of general mobilization until March 31st, 2020.
He announced, a set of additional measures and decisions taken by the government to deal with the emerging Coronavirus COVID-19, with the aim of protecting Lebanon and its citizens.
Key measures taken till date are:
- Education institutions (nurseries, kindergartens, schools,universities, colleges, institutions and training institutes) are closed since three weeks.
- Further to the measures previously announced regarding the suspension of flights to/from some countries (Italy, South Korea, Iran, China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan) and no entry to persons coming from France, Egypt, Syria, Iran, Germany, Spain, United Kingdom,
- all land and sea border crossing points in Lebanon and President Rafic Hariri International Airport are closed to passenger traffic, as of Wednesday March 18 (23:59pm), 2020 until March 29, 2020 (except for commercial freight).
- Lebanese and their family members as well as those who hold residency cards in Lebanon are allowed to return until March 18, 2020. They will have to undergo a health screening (pcr) test at the airport. If they do not show COVID-19 symptoms they must still adhere to home isolation for 14 days.
Public events, religious gatherings and tourism:
- All public events and gatherings are suspended. Citizens are advised to avoid social and religious events.
- Tourist and archaelogoical sites are closed.
- Sporting events are suspended, and cinemas, musea/galeries, sports clubs, restaurants, nightclubs and bars are closed since ten days.
- It is stressed that citizens are required to stay in their homes as far as possible, and to avoid leaving homes unless absolutely necessary.
Organizing work in the public and private sectors:
- Closure of public departments, institutions, municipalities etc.
- Public and private sectors are called upon to adopt rotating schedules.
- Every one encouraged to continue work and study from home.
For more information please contact:
- by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- by phone: +31(0)685387174 Embassy of Lebanon to the Netherlands