Late on Thursday, Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, adviser to Saudi Arabia's king and governor of Mecca, banned music, DJs and live bands in all Jeddah restaurants, Sabq reported.
According to the local news site, Al-Faisal issued the order after he received a letter from Jeddah's governor notifying him of several restaurants in the governorate hosting unlicensed live musical performances and DJ nights.
"Four Jeddah restaurants recently promoted such unlicensed events on social media and that led many others to follow suit," Sabq wrote.
The order now effectively bans any musical event at restaurants, except if owners/managers apply for a government license.
Soon after news of the ban broke online, many reacted to it...
Some hailed the prince for the order
"May God reward him and give him strength."
"This is the best news ever"
However, the decision also upset many
"Why, whyy, whyyyy?"
Others oppose it
"What types of licenses are required? And what are the violations that happened for you to issue a ban? This is an unfortunate decision."
"I don't know when our lives will become normal, without anyone dictating our every move"
"I think this ban is temporary, just so that they can get things organized and under control. Even though the entire issue shouldn't be this complex and shouldn't be governed by so many rules. I don't know when our lives will become normal, without anyone dictating our every move."