Covid-19: State of Health Emergency Extended Until 10 September 2020
The government Council, convened on Thursday in Rabat, decided to extend the state of health emergency until September 10, 2020, as part of efforts to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic (Covid-19).
The Government Council, convened under the chairmanship of Head of Government Saad Dine El Otmani, adopted the draft decree No. 2.20.526 extending the state of health emergency throughout the national territory.
This draft decree, presented to the Government Council by Minister of the Interior, is part of the implementation of the provisions of article 02 of decree-law n° 2.20.292 allowing government authorities in charge of the Interior and Health to extend the period of validity of the state of health emergency by decree, said Minister of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific research, Government spokesman, Saaid Amzazi, in a press release read out during a press briefing, held at the end of the Council.
The said project is also part of efforts by the public authorities who ensure the effectiveness and efficiency of the measures taken to fight the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, said Amzazi, adding that this legal text aims to extend the period of validity of the state of health emergency throughout the national territory from Monday August 10 at 6:00 p.m. until September 10, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.
Like in the previous phases, the minister went on, "all the preventive and repressive measures taken within the framework of the state of health emergency will remain in force and will be adapted whenever circumstances require".
This draft decree also confers on the walis and governors, in the light of the available data concerning the epidemic situation at the level of a province, a prefecture, a commune or more, the right to take all the necessary procedural measures to preserve public health order, whether predictive, preventive or protective; aimed at imposing an optional or compulsory sanitary lockdown or temporary restrictions encouraging people to stay at home; limit their movement, prohibit their gatherings or close the premises open to the public or decide on any other measure falling within the jurisdiction of the administrative police, he explained.
MAP 06 August 2020