08 April 2020 – Karbala governate closes entrances to prevent people breaching curfew for religious holiday

Type of Intervention: Advisory
Sectors Involved: Civil Defence
Intervention Categories: Social and physical distancing measures; Domestic travel
Level of Jurisdiction: City
Lead People/Agency: Ahmed Zwaini

Overview: Karbala police chief, Ahmed Zwaini, instructed, to close all the main and branch entrances to the governorate, as the heyday of the half Shaban approaches. These days coincide with one of the millions of visits that the Karbala Governorate embraces every year, which is the visit of the half of Sha’ban, in which millions of citizens from inside and outside Iraq go to the shrine of Imam Al-Hussei. Zwaini stressed, that punishments will be imposed on anyone going against the curfew.
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Type of Justification: Perception of an increased threat