BEIRUT: Interior and Municipalities Minister, Mohamad Fahmy, cautioned via his Twitter account Sunday against any breach of the timetable schedule placed for the movement of vehicles and trucks, stressing that “if violations continue, measures will be escalated.”
Prior to the regulation there had been a sudden influx of vehicles as citizens rushed to stores before curfew, left Beirut for their villages or were transiting to family or other gatherings ignoring social distancing and stay at home emergency orders.
Or they were just joy riding; either way the government reacted quickly with new restrictive driving regulations.
“The decision to schedule the movement of vehicles according to their plate numbers comes to complement the decision of general mobilization.” The minister said. “ It must be noted that these measures are to limit movement and overcrowding, so as to avoid a total curfew that we fear reaching in the event that some citizens continue not to bear self-responsibility and bypass instructions,”
Minister Fahmy added that “Therefore, the Interior and Municipalities Ministry hopes that the honorable citizens fully adhere to the standards of prevention and avoid overcrowding in order to preserve public safety, and stresses that in the event of continued violations, it will be forced to escalate the measures undertaken, leading to a complete halt of traffic and total closure,"
According to a Sunday statement from the government, vehicles with a license plate ending in an odd number can be driven Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Those ending with an even number can only be driven Tuesday, Thursdays and Saturdays.
All movement is banned on Sundays.
A number of exceptions to the order will apply however, which includes Diplomatic, military and security vehicles as well vehicles driven by doctors, pharmacists, Red Cross workers and security personnel.
Media workers and journalists are also exempt, the government said in its statement.
Georgi Azar contributed to this report
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