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Details of containment relief measures in Morocco

Despite the maintenance of the state of health emergency as announced on Tuesday 9 June and which is now valid until 10 July, the government has put in place a series of containment relief measures. And this is only the first phase. Here are the details.

These relief measures, which appear in a joint communiqué of the Ministries of the Interior and Health, made public during the night of Tuesday 9 to Wednesday 10 June 2020, specify the envisaged measures, which have been established according to two distinct zones with, for each, a different treatment. The whole, depending on the state of the current epidemiological situation.

Regarding Zone 1, where the pandemic is largely under control or on the verge of extinction, it includes the regions of Oriental, Beni-Mellal-Khenifra, Draâ-Tafilalet, Souss-Massa, Guelmim-Oued Noun, Laâyoune Sakia-El Hamra, Dakhla-Oued Eddahab as well as the prefecture of Mdiq-Fnideq and the provinces of Tetouan, Fahs-Anjra, Al Hoceima, Chefchaouen, Ouezzane, Meknes, Ifrane, Moulay Yacoub, Sefrou, Boulemane, Taounate, Taza, Khémisset, Sidi Kacem, Sidi Slimane, Settat, Sidi Bennour, Chichaoua, El Haouz, Kelâa des S’raghna, Essaouira, R’hamna, Safi and Youssoufia.

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Thus, within this zone, traffic is free, without the need for an exceptional authorization. Public transport is put back into circulation with only 50% of the capacity. Hairdressing and beauty salons are also reopening, with 50% of the reception capacity. Open-air public spaces are accessible and individual outdoor sports activities are allowed.

Concerning the number 2 relief zone, this covers the prefectures of Casablanca, Mohammedia, Rabat, Salé, Skhirate-Témara, Tangier-Assilah, Marrakech and Fez as well as the provinces of Larache, El Hajeb, Kenitra, El Jadida, Nouaceur, Mediouna, Benslimane and Berrechid.

For this second zone, leaving one’s home will remain conditional on obtaining an exceptional traffic permit. The closure of shops is scheduled from 20:00. The resumption of urban public transport is ensured but with a level of operation not exceeding 50% of the capacity of each vehicle.

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For both zones, the maintenance of all other restrictions instituted in the framework of the state of health emergency (prohibition of groups, meetings, festivities, wedding parties, funerals, etc.) remains valid.

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In addition, the following is the list of activities authorized to resume nationwide as of Thursday, 11 June 2020:

  • Industrial activities
  • Commercial activities
  • Crafts
  • Local activities and small professions
  • Convenience store
  • Professions and related occupations
  • Reopening of weekly markets

However, the following activities are excluded from this list. Therefore, they are not allowed to be included:

  • On-site restaurants and cafés
  • Hammams (Moorish baths)
  • Movie theatres and cinemas, etc.

This is only the first step in a total deconfinement. The gradual transition from one stage to the next, as part of this plan to lighten containment measures, will be the subject of a prior assessment of the procedures to be implemented and the conditions required at the level of each prefecture and province, by monitoring and follow-up committees chaired by the walis and governors and composed of representatives of the Ministry of Health and the external services of the ministerial departments concerned and the security services.

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A periodic reclassification (once a week) of the provinces and regions will be carried out on the basis of criteria defined by the health authorities.

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