KSA to impose penalty on workers' gatherings of five or more people
The penalties are applicable to labour gatherings of five people or more inside houses or under-construction buildings
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia recently announced that penalties will be applicable to labour gatherings consisting of five people or more inside houses or under-construction buildings, in light of the precautionary measures being taken to mitigate the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak in the kingdom.
As per the announcement by Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Interior, the penalties are applicable to members who fall under the aforementioned criteria and are not bound by a residential allowance, Saudi Press Agency reported.
Any facility or individual who commits any violations for the first time will be fined $13,317 (SAR50,000). Any member who calls for, attends or causes any gathering will be faced with a fine of $1,331.7 (SAR5,000).
Repeat violations for the second time will cause a further penalty of $26,635 (SAR1,00,000). Similarly, any member who calls for, attends or causes any gathering for the second time will be faced with a fine of $2,663.5 (SAR10,000).
Third-time violators will be faced with a doubled penalty from the fee stipulated for the second time. Apart from the doubled penalty, the administrator will also be referred to the public prosecution.
In the event of a facility repeating a violation for the first time - and if the facility is affiliated with the private sector - it will be closed for a period of three months. Repeating the violation for the second time will expose the facility to a closure of six months.