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March 26 curfew and enforcement

26 March, 2020

Both the CMT and the EOC established for the current crisis have been very active in the last 24 hours and we feel it is important to update you on the latest developments.


Curfew from 7:00 p.m.

Effective tonight at 7:00 p.m., a strict curfew will be put in place until 6:00 a.m. tomorrow morning, in line with similar directives put in place in the Kingdom. Please consider this curfew in place until further notice.
It is vital that KAUST residents strictly observe this curfew, which is aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19, by staying home.
Community members are allowed to be outside during the curfew hours to:
  • Access Tamimi stores for shopping - the main Tamimi store and the Discovery Square Tamimi Express are open until 2:00 a.m.
  • Access Saud Pharmacy in Discovery Square
  • Attend KAUST Health
  • Collect pre-ordered takeaway meals from restaurants or the diner
Anyone found traveling around for any other reason will be issued with a violation and may be fined up to 10,000 SAR in line with KSA government direction. We want to reiterate, this is for your protection and the protection of all community members and the frontline staff who are working hard to keep us safe.

Once again we'd like to thank you for your cooperation and ongoing adherence to directives, they have been designed to keep you safe and to help manage this crisis.

Chris Sealey
Vice President, KAUST Community Life