Saudi authorities arrested a man in Al-Qassim who violated coronavirus regulations by bringing a barber into his home, state news agency SPA reported.
Videos on social media showed the man as he asked a barber to come into his house after authorities temporarily closed down barbershops and other non-essential shops to slow the spread of COVID-19.
— Saudi Arabia in English (@inalllangsENG) March 14, 2020
The Saudi public prosecutor has previously warned that anyone posting content on social media, including photos or videos showing curfew violations, or the breaking of any rules that have been put into place to prevent the spread of coronavirus face prosecution.
In a message posted on Twitter, the bureau said that perpetrators will be charged under Article Six of the Information Crime Prevention Law, which carries a punishment of up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $796,880.
The punishment applies to violators but informers will not be questioned.
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