COVID-19 Supreme Committee

COVID-19 Supreme Committee Decision of 17 March 2020

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Note: The following text is a public domain translation published by the Official OmanVsCovid19 Twitter account.

Statement of the Supreme Committee

The Supreme Committee for Dealing with Covid-19 took new decisions that will be effective from 12 pm Wednesday, March 18,2020. The decisions are:

– Restrict entry to the Sultanate through all ports (land, sea and air) with the exception of Omani citizens, and prevent Omanis from leaving the Sultanate.

– Closure of all mosques (small and large) with the exception of call to prayers.

– Closure of all non-MusIim places of worship. Suspension of all gatherings, events, and conferences in the Sultanate.

– Closure of all tourist sites and prevention of gatherings in public places, including beaches, hiking trails, wadis, mountains, sand dunes, waterfalls, and natural pools.

– Closure of all retail shops in commercial centers with the exception of food and commodities shops, clinics, pharmacies, and optical shops.

– Closure of traditional markets (souqs) such as Muttrah Souq, Nizwa Souq, Souq, and Sinaw Souq, as well as weekly markets such as Wednesday Market, Thursday Market, and Friday Market.

– Prohibition of serving food in restaurants and cafes (including those in hotels) with the exception of take-away orders.

– Closure of all sports and cultural clubs.

– Closure of health centers (gyms) and men’s barber shops and women’s beauty parlours.