North and East Syria Administration imposes masks when in public, Internal Security Forces tighten curfew implementation

NORTH AND EAST SYRIA — In order to limit the spread of the coronavirus in the regions of North and East Syria, the Co-Chairship of the Executive Council of the Democratic Autonomous Administration (DAA) issued a decision mandating all residents to wear masks and take preventive measures in public places, markets, and all official department offices starting Tuesday, 18 August. People in violation of the measures will be fined upwards of 1,000 Syrian Pounds.

Meanwhile, the Internal Security Forces (ISF) in Hasakah city tightened the curfew procedures issued by the Crisis Cell of the DAA after noticing continued violations by city residents.

The ISF checkpoints detained dozens of motorcycles that moved within the city and warned the owners of taxis and civilian cars.

In Zalin (Qamishli) city, many owners of public taxis have violated the curfew. With the dire economic situation in the country, many feel they have no choice but to continue working despite the curfew and the health risks.