His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister, today chaired a meeting of the Government’s Executive Committee, held remotely.

HRH the Crown Prince highlighted that, under the leadership of HM the King, the Kingdom continues to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), noting that the health and safety of the community remains the Kingdom’s top priority.

HRH the Crown Prince extended his gratitude to Team Bahrain’s front-line workers and professionals, who have persistently and selflessly devoted their efforts to safeguarding the health of all.

HRH the Crown Prince went on to emphasise the Kingdom’s efficient management of the challenges presented by the global spread of COVID-19, adding that health guidelines, measures and public awareness campaigns are critical to the success of mitigation efforts.

On this note, HRH the Crown Prince underscored the importance of continuing to follow health guidelines to support national efforts aimed at combating and eradicating the virus. 

Following consideration of a report submitted by the National Taskforce for Combating the Coronavirus, headed by HE Lieutenant-General Dr. Shaikh Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Khalifa, Chairman of the Supreme Council of Health, various decisions were taken to ensure the safety and health of all during the Eid Al-Fitr holidays.

  • Eid celebrations are to be limited to small family gatherings only, for those residing in the same household
  • Social distancing guidelines must continue to be adhered to by avoiding Eid visits
  • Eid greetings should be done virtually
  • Eidiyas should be transferred electronically using bank and money transfer applications

Additionally, the following decisions were made:

  • Commercial and industrial businesses can resume usual operations, provided that the following conditions are met:
    • All employees and customers are required to wear face masks inside the premises.
    • In order to reduce the number of individuals using facilities at any one time, businesses must limit overcrowding and ensure social distancing guidelines are followed.
    • Stores and facilities are to be regularly and thoroughly disinfected, in accordance with guidelines established by the Ministry of Health.
    • Businesses must place appropriately spaced floor markings for queueing at the entrance of the stores, to maintain social distancing guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health

All non-essential medical services are to resume operations, whilst ensuring health and social distancing guidelines are thoroughly followed.

Professional sports players will be allowed to resume their sport exercises in outdoor spaces and swimming pools, as long as health and social distancing guidelines are followed. 

Outdoor cinemas are allowed to operate, so long as health and social distancing guidelines are followed. Indoor cinemas will remain closed.

As of Wednesday, 27 May 2020, all salons and hair barbers are to re-open, whilst ensuring health and social distancing guidelines are followed.