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Covid-19 : Morocco extends semi-lockdown in Greater Casablanca to four weeks

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The government has decided to extend for four weeks the preventive measures in force in Greater Casablanca (prefectures of Casablanca and Mohammedia and provinces of Nouaceur and Mediouna) and the provinces of Berrechid and Benslimane as of Sunday December 20 at 9 p.m.

In a press release issued on Friday, the government said that these measures involve the prohibition of all forms of night movements between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. except for health and occupational reasons, the obligation to have an exceptional authorization for travel to and from the above-mentioned prefectures and provinces issued by the competent local authorities and the closing of community grounds and parks.

They also include the closing at 8 p.m. of restaurants, cafés, stores and large shopping centers, the shutdown of public transport buses and tramways at 9 p.m., the closing at 3 p.m. of local markets and the promotion of teleworking when possible, the statement added.

All preventive measures announced previously, namely the closing of public baths and gyms as well as the prohibition of gatherings of more than 10 people, will be maintained,  according to the same source.

This decision follows the conclusions of the daily monitoring and regular assessment operations carried out by the watch and monitoring committees, and in accordance with the recommendations of the scientific and technical commission on the need to continue the necessary measures to counter the spread of the coronavirus, the press release concluded.

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