• Iranian President unveils new social distancing plan to contain COVID19 pandemic

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani File Photo Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

    “We asked the advertising committee to prepare plans in this regard and to explain to the people on the radio and television the information that should be given to them,” Rouhani was quoted by President.

    “Starting these activities does not mean that we have violated or forgotten the principle of staying at home, and again those who do not need to be present on the street and in society, are preferred to look after themselves and stay home,” he added.

    “Today, we decided to use a step-by-step process to reopen the activities, and it was the suggestion of the Ministry of Health and Medical Education that the activities should begin gradually.”

    “Regarding government offices that are currently active, from next week, April 11, their activities will continue with two thirds of their personnel at work and one third will be allowed to stay at home, which will be decided about shifts.”

    “A third of the workforce should stay at home unless it is necessary, and here older people and people with fundamental illnesses are emphasized and prioritized.”

    “Needless to say, I won't emphasize again that anyone who has COVID-19 is banned from going to the society, work and gatherings, and must be quarantined at home, in a sanatorium or hospital.”

    “We have to bear this in mind, and Dr Namaki [Iranian Health Minister] must announce it clearly and decisively that every laboratory that reaches a positive conclusion about somebody's coronavirus test is obliged to inform himself, his workplace, and his family.”

    “15 to 20 percent may have a problem that needs to be referred to a doctor, some of whom may not need to be hospitalized, and some may need to be treated.”

    “Regarding the office working hours, we also approved that from April 11, all those who are working in offices, whether in Tehran of other provinces, will be 7 am to 2 pm.”

    “Especially because we are approaching the month of Ramadan, this office hours are better for that month as well. Because we do not have lunch before Ramadan, we do not have congregational prayers now, so the work will continue until 2 pm, and people will go to their homes at 2 pm. As a rule, during Ramadan, if our conditions are the same, we will still not have congregational prayers. Therefore, office hours will be from 7 in the morning until 2 in the afternoon.”

    “The next issue was the issue of transportation, which was discussed, two good pieces of news were given in this meeting; one good news was that all the goods that are necessary will be transported; whether from customs to cities, from centers to consumer centers or factories.”

    “Here, I would like to thank everyone who works in the transportation sector, all the dear drivers, all the transportation companies, all the buses, the trains and the planes, and all those who work hard.”

    “The second point was that in these two months, when we had the coronavirus problem, none of the workers and people working in the transportation sector were laid off. That was good news.”

    “Thank God, all of these people are eligible for receiving loans, which are conditional on the fact that no one has been fired. This was another good news.”

    “However, regarding private cars that are free in the province and their activities are not prohibited, and between Tehran and Alborz provinces, which are considered one province because their activities are very much related, it was decided that this between-province travel prohibition will continue until April 18.”

    “The last discussion we had was about schools and higher education, it is currently decided that in the education sector, with the exception of complementary education, from April 18, complementary training will be available, especially in the doctoral program, and then there may be other departments, but in the bachelor's and also schools, the decision is to close educational activities in schools and use the cyberspace by April 18.”

    “Of course, we have given the authority to the Education Ministry that the provinces that can start working and we have white provinces in the southern part of the country where there are no problems for education. The provinces are Bushehr, Hormozgan, Sistan and Baluchistan.”

    “In addition, the way this virus works is not 100% clear to us, that is, the Ministry of Health cannot answer us what the activity of this virus will be like in a month or two and the summer when the weather gets warm and there is nothing clear and definite. So we have to wait and follow all the health principles to see how it will be in the coming months.”

    “Of course, I said about the holy places and emphasized that these holy places are currently closed as before until April 19 and what will happen after April 18 is a decision that we will make in the next meetings and we will inform our dear friends and brothers about the meeting in advance.”