Private cafes were allowed to open to serve “shisha” in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This went viral and received massive comments including inquiries about if Bahrain was going to take the same decision or not. 

Implementing the health protocols for the Green Zone for providing shisha in cafes and restaurants was the main condition for allowing shisha. 

The most important preventative protocols were to apply the social distancing by one and a half meters between customers, not allowing entry of customers over the age of 65 years or under 18 years and to use the shisha for one person only. Strict adherence to cleaning the shisha from the inside and outside before and after using with water, soap and sterilizers with the application of hot steam cleaning on all shisha tools, in addition to encouraging customers to bring their own shisha or hose with the introduction of plastic hoses were among major preventative protocols. Placing floor stickers in all the café was also among preventative protocols.  

The KSA decision to end the ban on serving shisha was taken by a committee headed by the Ministry of Health and representatives from the relevant authorities to ensure taking all precautionary measures to prevent the outbreak of the new COVID-19.