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Civil servants ordered to return to offices in Iranian capital

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Iranian government orders employees to return to offices in Tehran amid improved vaccination rates.

Civil servants have been ordered to return to offices in the Iranian capital Tehran and other cities in the country as the government moves to gradually lift coronavirus restrictions amid improved vaccination rates against the disease.

Tehran Province’s deputy governor Gholamreza Abbas Pasha announced on Monday that all government departments in the province, which includes the capital city of Tehran, had cancelled remote working mandates.

Abbas Pasha said that civil servants in the province will need to be present in government offices as of as of Tuesday October 19.

The announcement comes amid reports showing that nearly half of all government employees in Tehran have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus while another 40% have received a single vaccine dose.

Office return orders are part of the Iranian government’s drive to reopen the economy after nearly two years of closures and restrictions imposed to curb the spread of the pandemic in the country.

The Iran Chamber of Guilds also issued a statement on Monday mandating at least one dose of coronavirus vaccines for workers across all business groups.

The statement said that shops or businesses where owners, operators and workers have not been vaccinated will be closed as of October 22.

That comes as teachers in Tehran and other cities are still forced to work from home as a final decision on reopening schools is waiting for the approval of the government.

To accelerate plans for schools reopening, Iran expanded its vaccination campaign to children between 12 and 18 years old since earlier this month.

Figures published by health ministry on Monday showed that nearly 49 million people had been vaccinated against the coronavirus in Iran, including over 25 million who have received two vaccine doses.

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