Iran allows high-risk businesses to re-open, with new health rules in place
TEHRAN, Iran, May 25
Iran's National Headquarters to Fight Coronavirus has approved the reopening of all businesses in the country, including those with high risk of a COVID-19 spread, starting from May 26, said the head of Tehran 's Chamber of Guilds Ghasem Farahani, Trend reports citing IRNA.
"The activity of high-risk businesses depends on following new health instructions," said Farahani.
"The business owners should pass registration through a local online healthcare system database, and obtain a 'health code' there, issued by the Health Ministry, to do business," he explained.
"Restaurants, cafes, reception halls, public bath houses, swimming pools and spa centers are among the high-risk businesses," he added.
Iran continues to monitor the coronavirus situation in the country. According to recent reports from the Iranian officials, over 135,000 people have been infected 7,417 people have already died. Meanwhile, over 105,000 have reportedly recovered from the disease.
The country continues to apply strict measures to contain the further spread. Reportedly, the disease was brought to Iran by a businessman from Iran's Qom city, who went on a business trip to China, despite official warnings. The man died later from the disease.
The Islamic Republic only announced its first infections and deaths from the coronavirus on Feb. 19.
The outbreak in the Chinese city of Wuhan - which is an international transport hub - began at a fish market in late December 2019.
The World Health Organization (WHO) on March 11 declared COVID-19 a pandemic. Some sources claim the coronavirus outbreak started as early as November 2019.