ALGIERS, 15 February 2021 – Algerian authorities say mosques and hotels can resume activities as part of a scaling back of of COVID-19 restrictions.

“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,” a statement from the prime minister’s office read in part.

The decision also calls for the “resumption of all public and private hotel activities, with the exception of the celebration of ceremonies and festivals”.

Algerians Pack Beaches After Restrictions are Eased - Photo Al Arabiya

Algerians Pack Beaches After Restrictions are Eased – Photo Al Arabiya

Algiers has also revoked restrictions on the activities of bars, restaurants and fast food joints.

These facilities can also remain open beyond the 9 p.m. curfew hour, from which hour they can offer takeout food and drinks.

The curfew from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. curfew has been renewed for 15 days in 19 of the country’s 48 prefectures (wilava), including the capital Algiers and Blida, in the central region of the country, where the measure came into effect on Monday.

Woman Gets her COVID-19 Vaccination in Algeria - Photo The Independent

Woman Gets her COVID-19 Vaccination in Algeria – Photo The Independent

Algeria launched on January 30 its vaccination campaign in Blida, the epicenter of the epidemic, with a first provision of Russian vaccine Sputnik V.

Algerian officials have said they are negotiating with Moscow to produce this vaccine in Algeria.

Over 110,000 coronavirus cases have been detected in Algeria ever since the virus was frist detected in the country on 25 February 2020.

Nearly 3,000 people have succumbed to the virus in this country of 44 million inhabitants, the most populous nation in the Maghreb.

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