All cinemas in Saudi will close on Thursday until further notice, to limit the spread of COVID-19.
The news was announced on Wednesday on the Saudi Press Agency and follows similar preventative moves, such as school closures and limiting movement.
VOX Cinemas affirmed the move, announcing the closure will start on Thursday as a precautionary measure
The Kingdown announced its first recovery of the deadly virus on Wednesday, along with an additional 24 new infections, bringing the total number of infections to 45.
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التزاماً بقرار الهيئة العامة للإعلام المرئي والمسموع القاضي بإغلاق دور السينما في المملكة العربية السعودية، سيتم إغلاق صالات ڤوكس سينما ابتداءً من يوم الخميس الموافق 12 مارس 2020 بشكل مؤقت كإجراءٍ احترازي. مع أمنياتنا بدوام الصحة والعافية للجميع Ksa.voxcinemas.com In adherence with the General Commission for Audiovisual Media mandated closure of cinemas in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, VOX Cinemas will be temporarily closed starting Thursday, 12 March 2020 as a precautionary measure. We wish everyone good health. Ksa.voxcinemas.com
Saudi authorities are working hard to ensure the safety of citizens
— SPAENG (@Spa_Eng) March 11, 2020
Saudi announced it is limiting movement to curb the spread of the virus
Official source at Ministry of Interior: Kingdom’s government decides to temporarily suspend travel of citizens and expatriates, suspend flights to number of countries.https://t.co/1NBdyiv8Ut#SPAGOV pic.twitter.com/4mQSrtxiAO
— SPAENG (@Spa_Eng) March 12, 2020