After weeks of imposing a 24-hour curfew in most cities, Saudi Arabia has implemented a three-phase easing of restrictions. The Kingdom lifted all lockdown procedures and permitted operations to resume across all sectors on 21 June.
Malls, cinemas and dine-in restaurants have been allowed to resume their activities, albeit with strict limitations on capacity, mandatory wearing of masks, and social distancing measures in place. Gatherings of no more than 50 people are allowed, and strict fines are in place to respond to any breaches in social distancing measures.
While Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Human Resources had expected a 100% return to the office by 21 June, this has been pushed back by a week, with only 75% of staff allowed to return on that date.
Domestic flights have resumed across Saudi Arabia. The suspension of international flights is still in effect until further notice, but Saudi Arabia will allow residents with valid visas to travel back to their home countries as part of an initiative called Awdah (ireturn). Residents who wish to return to their home countries can submit an application on the Absher online platform. Surveys reveal that the virus is taken seriously by people in Saudi Arabia, with residents doubting a return to normal within the coming months. The majority expect to continue wearing face masks even after the pandemic is over.