Zawiya Municipal Council declared a state of emergency on Friday, July 9, for a total period of two weeks as part of a larger plan to combat the Coronavirus, having recorded a sharp increase in the number of infections.

The Council said in a statement that it intends to close down completely all public places and commercial markets for the period of the lockdown.

This came at the end of an extended meeting, held by the Municipal Council, along with all sectors in the municipality on July 9.

The decision also declared the inclusion of public and private educational institutions at all levels, along with social halls usually used for parties and celebrations, restaurants, cafes, gyms, playgrounds, seaside resorts, parks, and public gardens.