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More than 1,000 fines for COVID-19 restriction violations issued since Dec. 17: ISF

More than 1,000 fines for COVID-19 restriction violations issued since Dec. 17: ISF

A member of the Lebanese security forces checks a citizen's documents at a COVID-19 checkpoint during the country's lockdown in January 2021. (Credit: Joseph Eid/AFP)

BEIRUT — The Internal Security Forces announced Wednesday that it has issued 1,081 fines since Dec. 17 against people breaking COVID-19 restrictions imposed by the ministerial committee tasked with deciding measures to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

Here’s what we know:

     • The committee’s head Health Minister Firass Abiad announced on Dec.1 a series of restrictions for COVID-19, which include a 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew for the unvaccinated that became effective on Dec. 17, mandatory full vaccination for all public sector employees, and a prohibition on bars and restaurants admitting anyone who has not taken at least a single vaccination dose or cannot present a negative PCR test result issued in the previous 48 hours.

     • According to the ISF, the fines were distributed to 915 unvaccinated people who broke curfew and 166 establishments that violated the restrictions. In addition, the security forces closed 54 establishments due to violations.

    • “We hope that the citizens and institutions cooperate and abide by the restrictions, for the safety of society,” the ISF added in its announcement.

    • On Tuesday, Lebanon recorded 5,087 new COVID-19 cases and 347 people with the virus remained in intensive care units. 


BEIRUT — The Internal Security Forces announced Wednesday that it has issued 1,081 fines since Dec. 17 against people breaking COVID-19 restrictions imposed by the ministerial committee tasked with deciding measures to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Here’s what we know:     • The committee’s head Health Minister Firass Abiad announced on Dec.1 a series of...