The Algerian Government has decided to reopen all mosques in the country and to authorize the resumption of hotel activities, scaling down restrictive measures to contain the spread of coronavirus after the number of new cases dropped.
The country started reopening its Mosques, cafes, beaches and parks on Saturday for the first time in 5 months.
A statement released by the services of the prime minister’s office said that “we are proceeding with the opening of all mosques on national territory and this is occurring under the rigorous respect of healthcare measures and protocols”.
Also decided was the “resumption of all public and private hotel activities, with the exception of the celebration of ceremonies and festivals”, the statement continued.
Although, curfews remain in place in more than half the country, and masks are required outdoors as Algeria tries to keep virus infections down.
All gatherings are still prohibited, including weddings, circumcisions and political rallies.
Algeria launched on January 30 its vaccination campaign in Blida, the epicenter of the epidemic, with a first provision of Russian vaccine Sputnik V. According to local media, authorities are negotiating with Moscow to produce this vaccine in Algeria.
Algiers has also received doses of British vaccine AstraZeneca.
Over 110,000 coronavirus cases and nearly 3,000 deaths have been registered in Algeria.The cases and casualties were recorded since the first coronavirus patient was registered on February 25, 2020, according to the latest data provided by the health ministry.