Saudi Arabia closes malls, restaurants, cafes, parks over virus fears
A shopping mall in Saudi Arabia.–File photo
The kingdom however exempted supermarkets, pharmacies and food delivery.
In a bid to stem the spread of coronavirus, several local municipalities tweeted the directives, which Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television said would apply across the country, where 103 infections but no deaths have been reported. The orders appeared to go into effect immediately. A diner in Riyadh said the restaurant she had been sitting in shuttered about 45 minutes before the announcement was made.