COVID-19 in Iran: Which Shops Must Close, Which Must Remain Open?

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A social distancing plan to contain the spread of the deadly coronavirus has gone into effect in Iran in as of Friday, forcing business owners to close or remain open during the enforcement of the plan.

Based on the plan, jobs and occupations have been divided into three groups. Some of them must close down. Some others must restrict the scope of their activities and the rest must continue their operation.

Occupations and centres that must close down are:

  • Universities, schools, kindergartens
  • Shopping centres and malls
  • Exhibitions
  • Laundromats, luxury stuff shops, toy shops
  • Video game cafes, coffee shops, teahouses, cafeterias
  • Carpet shops, smoking stuff shops
  • Reception halls and those who hold ceremonies and gatherings
  • Swimming pools, gyms, parks, funfairs, and zoos
  • Centres for social, cultural, and religious ceremonies
  • Makeshift daily and weekly markets
  • Institutions, museums, cinemas, and theatres
  • Home appliance and gift shops
  • Digital printing, ateliers, photo shops
  • Hostels, accommodation centres, villas for rent, and interior designing shops
  • Home appliance shops, confectionaries, clothing and clothes shops
  • Taylor shops, stationery shops
  • Building material shops, iron and girder shops
  • Spare parts shops
  • Printing houses

 

Occupations that must restrict their activities are:

  • Government service offices
  • Police+10 offices
  • Judiciary service offices
  • Notaries
  • Civil electronic service centres
  • Exchange offices
  • Banks
  • Hotels
  • Intercity terminals, rail stations, airports

Coronavirus online testOccupations that must not shut down are:

  • Chain stores that procure people’s essential needs
  • Supermarkets, vegetable and fruits shops
  • Meat shops including butcheries, and those which sell chicken and fish meat
  • Fruit and vegetable markets
  • Dairy stores
  • Bakeries
  • Catering centres, and delivery food shops
  • Gas and CNG stations
  • Home and car maintenance centres
  • Private and public health centres
  • Veterinary clinics and shops
  • Food and drug distribution centres
  • Ambulance centres
  • Drugstores

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