The Council adopted the draft decree extending the state of health emergency throughout the national territory from Monday, May 10 at 6 p.m. to Thursday June 10 at 6 p.m.
The state of health emergency enables the government to make swift, necessary decisions to curb the spread of COVID-19.
The extension was decided as the current situation requires keeping the appropriate measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 and its new variants, including the British and the Indian stains, while ensuring that the measures taken at the level of each region, prefecture or province, are adequate with the evolution of the epidemiological situation.
This is the fourteenth time that Morocco is extending the state of health emergency since the measure was first adopted on March 19, 2020.
The state of emergency, which is not synonymous with lockdown, is a legal framework that allows the Moroccan government to promptly take exceptional measures against COVID-19. The measures include lockdowns on neighborhoods or cities, bans on travel, the closing of gathering places, and the deployment of military troops in cities if necessary.
The Moroccan government also imposed a night-time curfew nationwide from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., during the current month of Ramadan, while maintaining the various preventive measures previously announced, including ban on public gatherings.