Shopping Malls And Stores Have Started Opening In Iran
Iran starts opening intercity highways on Monday. Besides, as part of the easing of the strict isolation regime imposed due to the coronavirus, major shopping centers also resumed work, the Associated Press (AP) reported on Monday.
According to AP, both luxury shopping centers and markets have opened, in particular the main Bazaar of the capital of the country - the Tehran Grand Bazaar. However, the stores that have opened will only be open until 18: 00.
Ali Reza Zali, the chief Of staff for the fight against coronavirus in Iran, said that some resumption of business activity may contribute to the greater spread of COVID-19. "Increasing the number of trips (to work - if), especially on public transport, increases the possibility of contracting the virus," Zali said.
At the same time, it is noted that restaurants, gyms and other public institutions will not be opened yet. Mosques and other religious sites also remain closed, despite the start of the Muslim Holy month of Ramadan.
Earlier, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that some mosques and mausoleums may be opened on May 4. The head of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in turn, noted that mass gatherings may be banned throughout Ramadan.
On Saturday, Iranian authorities began reopening the offices of government organizations after a week-long lockdown imposed after April 4 due to the threat of coronavirus. The activities of these institutions have been resumed outside of Tehran, with a third of the staff working from home. At the same time, AP notes, when choosing those who will be allowed to work from home, priority is given to women who have children.
AP recalls that previously, the Iranian authorities refused to impose a large-scale isolation regime, as in other countries in the region, despite the increase in the number of cases of coronavirus and deaths. The authorities, explaining the reasons for such actions, said that they need to take into account the economic effect of the quarantine measures since the country is under US sanctions.
As of Monday, 82211 cases of COVID-19 infection were detected in the country, and 5118 people died. At the same time, 57023 patients recovered. Earlier in April, the Iranian authorities said that the number of new cases of coronavirus in the country is gradually decreasing.