KUWAIT CITY, March 23, (Agencies): The Kuwaiti Cabinet on Monday decided to relax the nationwide curfew and to exempt vaccinated arrivals and Kuwaiti students from compulsory hotel quarantine as of Tuesday, March 23. The Cabinet has changed the time of the curfew to start from 6 pm and to end at 5 am, said Foreign Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Dr. Sheikh Ahmad Nasser Al-Mohamad Al-Sabah in a statement following the Cabinet virtual meeting.
The Cabinet, headed by His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, allowed restaurants and cafes to offer home-delivery services during curfew time from 6 pm to 10 pm also from Tuesday. It also permitted the public to practice outdoor exercises and walk in their residential areas from 6 pm to 8 pm provided that they wear masks and abide by social distancing rules.
The Cabinet also excepted arrivals, who were inoculated by one of the vaccines approved in Kuwait, and students, who are Kuwaitis, illegal residents or children of Kuwait mothers, from the compulsory institutional quarantine. It formed a higher ministerial committee to study the required measures to pave the way for the reopening and students returning to schools. The decisions were taken after a presentation from Health Minister Dr. Sheikh Bassel Al-Sabah about the epidemic situation in the country.
In his briefing, the minister lamented the steady rise in the number of coronavirus infections and fatalities in Kuwait. He also noted that the number of hospitalizations and intensive care units occupants is also increasing despite the imposed partial lockdown. The Cabinet urged citizens and residents to adhere to social distancing rules, health instructions and other precautionary measures to curb the spread of coronavirus and maintain the safety of all. It also called on the public to register for taking the coronavirus vaccine to be immunized against the virus. In the meantime, the Cabinet approved draft laws on Kuwait’s joining the Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks; prevention of conflict of interests and amending some provisions of the penal code.
It endorsed draft decrees on the approving the convention of the charter of the Islamic Civil Aviation Council, a memo of understanding for cooperation between the Kuwaiti and Canadian defense ministries, memo of understanding for legal and judicial cooperation with the Jordanian Kingdom, a memo on postal cooperation with Morocco and a memo for cultural and artistic cooperation with Djibouti. The Cabinet referred the approved draft laws and draft decrees to His Highness the Deputy Amir Sheikh Mishaal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah to refer it to the National Assembly.
The Cabinet was also briefed about the recommendations of the economic committee with regard to the fifth periodical report of the national anti-money laundering and combating terrorism finance committee and urged the committee to intensify its efforts in this regard. Kuwait Minister of Education Dr. Ali Al-Mudhaf said o that schools will reopen next September. In a statement made during a virtual press conference, Al-Mudhaf noted that kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades students will return to schools on September 19 and the rest of elementary grades will resume studying on September 20. Meanwhile, middle schools will start on September 26 and high school will begin on October 3.
On a related matter, Al- Mudhaf added that the Cabinet has agreed on holding paper exams for the 12th grade during the period from May 30 until June 10. Meanwhile the second round of exams will be held on July 4 until July 13. Furthermore, administrative and educational workers of kindergarten, elementary and middle schools will commence their work on the 12th of September, and high school workers on the 19th. Al-Mudhaf stressed the importance of vaccinating all 12 graders alongside their teachers and administrations.