Saudi Arabia ends gender-segregated entrances for restaurants
Sweeping reforms in Saudi Arabia
Previously, Saudi Arabia required all restaurants to have one entrance for families and women, and another for men on their own. The ministry of municipalities and rural affairs announced this would no longer be mandatory.
In pic: A mean leaves the singles entrance at a restaurant in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia.
A spokesman for the ministry contacted by Reuters did not specify whether segregated seating areas inside restaurants would also be eliminated. The new rules are not compulsory, meaning restaurants could still maintain separate entrances if owners choose to do so.
In pic: People walk in front of a restaurant with signs at top left reads, 'single section,' and at top right reads, 'family section', in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia.
Announcement of changes
Saudi Arabia, one of the world's most gender-segregated nations, has also been chipping away at a guardianship system which requires all women have a male relative's approval for important decisions, though some key restrictions remain.
In pic: Men and women watch the Saudi Arabia vs. Uruguay World Cup football match live on a television at a restaurant's outdoor seating in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
In pic: A woman leaves a ladies only service area at a restaurant in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia.