Lebanon has been in lockdown since 30 July after the country witnessed a spike in coronavirus cases. The government has implemented several other measures to limit the spread of COVID-19, including banning large gatherings and requiring the wearing of masks at all times except when exercising.
On the evening of 4 August, Lebanon's capital, Beirut, witnessed a series of massive explosions at its port, resulting in casualties and extensive damage to many parts of the city. This has exacerbated Lebanon’s political and economic issues alongside the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, with Prime Minister Hasan Diab and seven other ministers resigning as a result of the port explosions and their political fallout. A new prime minister was appointed on 31 August, but a new cabinet is yet to be appointed.
Lebanon's Hariri International Airport reopened on 1 July with an initial limited daily capacity of 2,000 passengers. All travellers arriving in Beirut are required to comply with testing and potential self-isolation measures. Individuals with Lebanese nationality or residency can enter the country with no restrictions.
Some public markets, banks, pharmacies, restaurants, parks and other facilities have started to reopen, although many have been affected by the port explosions and subsequent supply chain disruptions.