1227 GMT June 15, 2021
Tehran Grand Bazaar as well as essential (group 1) and less essential (group 2) businesses in the Iranian capital, which were closed for a month due to the fourth wave of COVID-19 infections, will reopen as of Saturday, said the head of Tehran Chamber of Guilds.
Speaking to IRNA on Thursday, Qassem Nodeh-Farahani added the decision was made by the National Task Force for Fighting the Coronavirus, urging all businesses in these two groups to observe the health protocols.
Warning against any laxity in observing the protocols, Nodeh-Farahani said if any violation is reported or seen, the respective business will be shut down.
Nodeh-Farahani noted that the closure of nonessential businesses categorized as groups three and four has been extended for another week ending May 18.
He added group one businesses include suppliers of foodstuffs and essential goods, such as supermarkets, chainstores, grocery stores, distributors of spare parts and dry cleaners.
Nodeh-Farahani listed some of group two businesses as gold and jewelry and clothes stores as well as real estate agencies.
He said group three businesses include universities, schools, seminaries, educational institutes, public libraries, indoor swimming pools, kindergartens, movie theaters, theater halls and similar centers, museums, garden museums and women’s hair salons.
The head of Tehran Chamber of Guilds added some of the group four businesses are places for holding public gatherings, zoos and funfairs.
He stressed that restaurants and coffee shops are only allowed to provide takeaway services until further notice.
In addition, as per the decision by the National Task Force for Fighting the Coronavirus, group one and two businesses are allowed to resume their activities as of Saturday in Iranian cities coded red (very high-risk) and orange (high-risk) in terms of the coronavirus spread while observing the health protocols.
Since April 10, the anti-coronavirus task force imposed a partial lockdown on the country’s red and orange cities to dull the edges of the fourth wave of COVID-19 infections in the country, which has led to a spike in the number of daily infections, deaths and hospitalizations, according to ISNA.
Under the lockdown, a number of restrictions, some of which are still in place, were imposed such as travel bans, closure of businesses and public places and limiting public gatherings.
In addition, the Iranian government has imposed an outright ban on all domestic travels during the Eid al-Fitr holidays marking the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan beginning May 11 in a bid to contain the fresh surge in coronavirus infections, according to Press TV.
The anti-coronavirus task force announced the decision following a Thursday meeting attended by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
The four-day blanket ban will end on midday May 15 and will cover all intercity travels in Iran, said a report by Fars News Agency.
It said the ban will not distinguish between cities based on the color-coding system.
On Friday, the commander of the anti-coronavirus task force’s operational headquarters, Reza Rahmani Fazli, issued a directive officially calling on related authorities to enforce the ban.
The Iranian Health Ministry announced in a statement on Friday that 74,241 COVID-19 patients have lost their lives to the disease since the outbreak of the pandemic in the country in late February 2020.
The statement added the country’s daily COVID-19 death toll stood at 335 during the past 24 hours.
It said 5,534 COVID-19 patients in the country are in critical condition.
The ministry put the number of the country’s daily COVID-19 infections at 17,076 within the past 24 hours, of which 2,681 have been hospitalized.
It said the total number of infections in the country has reached 2,627,094.
The ministry’s statement added a total of 2,074,089 COVID-19 patients have so far either recovered from the disease or been discharged from the country’s hospitals.
It said 102 cities in the country are coded red, while 235 towns are in the orange zones, noting that based on a decision by the anti-coronavirus task force, travel to and from these cities is prohibited.
The statement put the number of the country’s yellow (medium-risk) and blue (low-risk) cities at 111 and zero, respectively.
The ministry also announced that 16,789,338 coronavirus diagnostic tests have so far been carried out in the country and 1,485,287 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been given to people.