New bans enforced in Tehran amid surge in COVID-19 cases

Tasnim – The governor of Tehran Province introduced new restrictions and bans in the country’s most populous province after a worrying rise in the novel coronavirus infections and death toll.

Anushirvan Mohseni Bandpay said the weeklong restrictions, imposed in coordination with the Coronavirus Fight Headquarters, would result in the closure of certain businesses and activities.

According to the new decision, all universities, schools, boarding schools, seminaries, technical and vocational schools, language teaching and other educational institutes, libraries, theaters, museums, garden museums, ceremony halls, women’s barbershops, beauty salons, mosques and musallas will be closed for one week.

The forced closures also apply to the gyms, cafeterias, coffee shops, teahouses, zoos, amusement parks, water parks, indoor swimming pools, and fitness centers.

The provincial governor also declared a ban on all social, cultural and religious gatherings as well as conferences in order to deal with the new wave of coronavirus in Tehran Province.

Iran’s Health Ministry on Monday reported 203 new deaths from the novel coronavirus, one of the highest single-day toll since the viral disease broke out in February.

At least 222,000 patients have recovered from the coronavirus infection so far or have been discharged from hospitals across Iran.