Lebanon Open Nightclubs But Keep Cinemas Closed

Lebanon Open Nightclubs But Keep Cinemas Closed

The Interior Ministry announced that a new set of establishments can reopen, including nightclubs, starting Sunday in a memo published Saturday.

In addition to nightclubs, public parks, social gatherings venues, summer camps and flea markets (Souk al-Ahad) can all start operating starting Sunday, according to the ministry’s memo.

However, the curfew hours will remain between midnight and 5 a.m.

Cinemas, theaters, playgrounds and luna parks are to remain closed at this stage.

The ministry instructed establishments to strictly abide by coronavirus prevention guidelines and avoid overcrowdedness. People are required to wear masks and keep a physical distance from each other.


Lebanon recorded 26 coronavirus cases Saturday, bringing the total number of registered cases to 1,536.

The testing capacity for COVID-19 remains inadequate, with less than 2,000 daily PCR tests being administered which is below the recommended 2,500 daily tests by epidemiologists.

The country has been under a state of general mobilization since March 15 as a measure against the spread of coronavirus, which is also when the country went under a full lockdown. Sectors started to gradually reopen in May.

The Beirut Rafik Hariri International Airport, which was shut down in mid-March will start operating on July 1 with 10 percent capacity.

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