Authorities implement ID requirement

The authorities on Sunday implemented the health requirement process of entering malls, gyms, and hairdressing salons through the ‘My Identity’ and ‘Immunity’ applications. The process of organizing entry for vaccinated recipients includes malls, restaurant, cafes, health clubs and hairdressing salons. Kuwait Municipality teams were Sunday inspecting shops, malls, coffee shops and gyms in different governorates to make sure only people who received Covid-19 vaccines were allowed to enter, or the facility would be fined with KD 5,000 (USD 16,500). The inspections were in compliance with a government decision to only allow vaccinated persons to enter these facilities starting today. Director of inspection and services follow up department at Ahmadi office, Saad Al-Shaiba, said teams were working round-the-clock to make sure only vaccinated persons enter shopping malls, restaurants, salons and coffee shops. He said owners of the facilities were complying with the government’s decision, which was part of efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus. Al-Shaiba said the Municipality carried out an awareness campaign before execution of the decision, so the teams would take all legal measures against people violating the decision.

Sulaiman Al-Ghais, Director of violations at Municipality’s Al-Jahra office, said teams in Al-Jahra were accompanied by a police force in order to enforce the implementation of the government decision. Al-Ghais, speaking to KUNA, commended managements of shopping malls and gyms who were making sure non-vaccinated persons were not allowed to enter the facilities. He said a facility would be fined KD 5,000 (USD 16,500) if it allowed non-vaccinated persons, unless the management proved the visitor breached the restriction decision. Kuwait government decided on June 17 it would allow access to most public venues only for fully vaccinated people, in an effort to contain the spread of the Delta coronavirus variant, which has been behind a sharp rise in new infections.

As per the new rules, only those who have had both doses of a COVID vaccine will be allowed into large shopping malls, gyms and salons, in addition to state bodies that provide services. On public venue admission for those vaccinated, a smartphone app called “Immune” will be valid proof of immunization and subsequent entry to these venues. Meanwhile, Abdullah Jaber, head of the Capital health requirements implementation department, said teams were touring the shopping malls, gyms, restaurants, coffee shops, cinema theaters and cultural centers to make sure they were in compliance with the government’s decision.

Source- Arab Times.


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