- Remainder of Muharram period will see increased risk of small protests and isolated attacks against security forces
- Major disruptive protests or violence in Manama remains unlikely due to capabilities of security forces
- Risk of attacks by Iranian proxy groups in Bahrain will increase if Washington pursues more active anti-Iranian policy, although unlikely in coming year
The government announced on 15 August a number of coronavirus (COVID-19) precautions for the Islamic holiday of Ashura, including allowing a maximum capacity of 30 people in mosques and ongoing social distancing measures.
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