King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa has announced on Wednesday, November 11, that a week of mourning will occur following the death of Prime Minister Khalifa bin Salman Al-Khalifa in the US where he was undergoing medical treatment. Authorities also stated that government work will be suspended for a period of three days. Al-Khalifa's body will be repatriated to Bahrain, after which there will be a funeral with coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions in place.
Although gatherings in Bahrain are currently limited to five people due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there remains the potential for larger commemorative gatherings or protests in the developments following Al-Khalifa's death.
Those in Bahrain are advised to maintain a heightened level of situational awareness in the medium term, remaining respectful and avoiding discussing sensitive topics in public. Travelers should monitor local media sources to remain apprised of any disruption in their particular area of operations.