Friday, March 20, 2020

Morocco - State of Emergency Declared

The Moroccan Interior Ministry has declared a general state of health emergency throughout Morocco. This measure decrees total confinement at home of all citizens in prevention against the coronavirus, with the suspension of all movement in public space. It  takes effect from Friday March 20 at 6 p.m. until further notice
The state of emergency means that citizens cannot go out to public spaces without special authorisation from local authorities. Authorities provide permission for people who work in necessary sectors, such as supermarkets, pharmacies, banks, gas stations, medical clinics, telecommunications, and essential freelance activities.

Mobility is not limited for the purposes of buying daily groceries or medicines in one’s neighbourhood or for receiving medical care.

A press release from the Ministry of Interior announced that the state of public health emergency “does not mean stopping the economy, but taking exceptional measures that require limiting the movement of citizens, by requiring that people can only leave their homes if they are provided with an official document from state officials, in some to specific cases.”

The statement added that these cases are “mobility to work for government departments and institutions, including companies, factories, agricultural works, shops and commercial spaces related to the daily living of the citizen, pharmacies, the banking sector, petrol stations, clinics and medical clinics, and agencies of telecommunications companies, necessary liberal professions, and shops selling cleaning supplies.”


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