COVID-19 Supreme Committee

COVID-19 Supreme Committee Decision of 19 August 2021

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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

Following the Royal Directives of His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik to take the appropriate actions addressing the threat of the novel coronavirus in the coming period, in terms that will ensure the public health and simultaneously secure the business continuity in public and private units, the Supreme Committee held a meeting in Salalah this morning and decided the following:

– To end implementation of the decision to close business activities and prevent movement of individuals and vehicles, on Saturday evening corresponding to 21 August 2021.

– To adopt the general framework for the operation of schools in the Sultanate for the academic year 2021/2022, in accordance with the mechanism that will be announced by the Ministry of Education, while stressing the need to comply with all precautions set in the health protocol in order to preserve the safety of students, teaching and administrative staff.

The Supreme Committee has also adopted the following two resolutions that will come into force on Wednesday September 1st 2021:

– To adopt the principle of vaccination as a condition to access government and private sector units, plus commercial complexes, restaurants and other commercial activities, as well as attendance to cultural, sport and other collective events. Heads of public and private units shall take the necessary measures to implement these controls.

– Requiring travellers to be vaccinated with two doses of a locally approved vaccine against COVID-19 prior to arriving in the Sultanate through land, sea or air borders (for people aged 18 years and above), and to undergo a PCR test for the coronavirus before or upon arrival in the Sultanate, and to adhere to a seven-day quarantine with a re-examination of the PCR test on the eighth day.

– The Committee stresses the need to continue to adhere to the health precautions set by competent authorities, prominently to wear a face mask and practice social distancing in all settings, and that it is in continuous follow-up and assessments of the local and global epidemiological situation, especially with the rapid developments of the new mutations, and will take appropriate decisions as needed accordingly.

May the Almighty Allah Protect All from Any Harm