03 – 05 August, 2020


  • New restrictions in Tangier-Asilah and Fez prefectures (press release)

“Due to the increasing number of COVID-19 contaminations and deaths recorded in recent days, the government has decided to apply, from Wednesday August 05 , a series of preventive measures in the prefectures of Tangier-Asilah and Fez,” announced an official statement quoted by the MAP agency.

The Measures that will be applied in Tangier and Fez:

-Obligation to have an exceptional authorization to travel to and from Tangier and Fez.

-Prohibition of all gatherings without exception.

-Closure of local shops, supermarkets and cafes at 22H.

-Closing of restaurants at 23H.

-Closure of beaches and public parks.

-Closure of playrooms, sports halls and local fields;

-Reduction of public transport capacity to 50%.

Measures decided at the level of the residential quarters where the epidemic is spreading in Tangier and Fez:

-Closing off the accesses leading to these areas with security barricades.

-Movements to and from these neighbourhoods will be subject to special authorisations issued by the local authorities.

-Closing at 8 p.m. of local shops, supermarkets, caf├ęs and restaurants;

-closing of local souks at 4 p.m.

-Closing of hammams and beauty salons

The government calls on the population to scrupulously respect these preventive measures. It concludes by announcing the firm implementation of controls on distancing in public places and the wearing of masks”.

For further information, please consult (in French) the following link.

  • Fez will have a 1200-bed field hospital

Health services in the Fez-Meknes region have been strengthened by the establishment of a field hospital. With its 1200 beds, it will aim to treat critical positive cases of coronavirus.

This health unit will have all the necessary equipment and facilities to fight against the coronavirus, according to what has been reported by the Communication Department of the Regional Health Delegation of Fez-Meknes. In addition to relieving the region’s health systems, this hospital will be able to provide care to people with coronavirus in the best possible conditions.

For more information, please consult (in French) the following link.

  • Officials of the Ministry of Health prohibited from leaving (Official)

According to an official document made public on August 3 consulted by Le Desk, the Minister of Health informs the various officials of his department that, in view of the evolution of the epidemiological situation, the annual leave for ministry officials has been cancelled in order to ensure continuity of health services.

In addition, a period of 48 hours is granted to civil servants already on leave to return to their posts. This decision affects all regions of the country.

For more information, please consult (in French) the following link.

  • Authorizations required to travel by train to and from the 8 quarantined cities

The ONCF reminds, this Monday, August 3, through a press release, “that pursuant to the decisions of the authorities, travel to and from stations in the cities of Tangier, Marrakech, Meknes, Fez, Casablanca, Berrechid and Settat require a valid authorization issued by the authorities”.

In the same press release, the office states that the “railway station of Rabat-Ville is always open to passengers”.

On Monday 3 August morning, passengers from one of the 8 cities who got off at Rabat-Ville were not allowed to leave the station if they did not have a special authorisation.

For more information, please consult (in French) the following link.