Tourism board fines, closes 98 hotels, cafes for violating KRG's anti-coronavirus measures

The Kurdistan Region’s General Board of Tourism on Monday announced that they had fined or shut down 98 hotels, cafes, and other tourism destinations for failing to abide by the government’s instructions against the coronavirus epidemic.
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ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – The Kurdistan Region’s General Board of Tourism on Monday announced that they had fined or shut down 98 hotels, cafes, and other tourism destinations for failing to abide by the government’s instructions against the coronavirus epidemic.

Over the past few days, the General Board of Tourism formed a special committee and visited 1,130 tourist locations across the Kurdistan Region to review their commitment to the recent instructions issued by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to contain the spread of coronavirus in the region, the board said in a statement.

The General Board of Tourism added that their committee would continue to visit various cafes, restaurants, and hotels in the Kurdistan Region to monitor the implementation of the government’s instructions at those sites.

On Sunday, the Kurdistan Region’s Health Ministry confirmed three new coronavirus cases, two in Sulaimani, and one in Erbil province, totaling 13 confirmed infections in the autonomous region.

“There are 13 cases of confirmed coronavirus in the Kurdistan Region. Among them, one person is dead, one has completely healed, and the rest are stable,” the statement added.

The KRG has conducted a list of precautionary measures, including shutting down salons, beauty parlors, and bars that offer alcohol, starting on Sunday. The authorities have requested citizens and all sides to abide by the health ministry’s regulations.

The KRG has also temporarily banned nationals of several countries from entering the Kurdistan Region, including China, Thailand, South Korea, Japan, Italy, Iran, and Singapore due to the outbreak of the coronavirus in those states.

Editing by Karzan Sulaivany