Supreme Committee Statement
The COVID-19 Supreme Committee, within the framework of its continuous convening, has been observing the development of the pandemic, the precautionary procedures, and the means for limiting its spread.
On the occasion of the arrival of the holy month of Ramadan, the supreme committee is honoured to express its utmost greetings and blessings to His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik—may Allah protect him—and also greets the Omani nation and the residents of this blessed land as well as Arab and Muslim nations on this special occasion, asking Allah the Almighty to make this special month a month of health, wellness, and blessings to our special country and the whole world.
The committee has been briefed on the current epidemiological state of the COVID-19 pandemic domestically and internationally, which indicates—thanks to Allah—a continuation in the reduction of the confirmed and hospitalised cases in the Sultanate of Oman, notwithstanding the return of the increase in the number of infections in some countries during the past few days, and in light of the continuation of this pandemic, the close arrival of the holy month of Ramadan, in the realisation of Islam’s mercy in protecting and preserving lives, and in hope of protecting the gains achieved during the previous period, the committee makes the following decisions, which shall be followed during the holy month of Ramadan:
First: Limiting the attendance of Jama’a prayers, including Taraweeh prayers, to those who have taken the COVID-19 vaccinations, and preventing those who are not vaccinated from entry, including children younger than twelve years of age.
Second: Continuing the ban on holding charity group iftar (Iftar Sa’im) in mosques and other public venues such as tents and public halls. Charity groups, relevant private establishments, and other civil society organisations may distribute iftar meals to the beneficiaries without holding gatherings.
Third: Continuing precautionary measures, such as wearing face masks and social distancing in closed places, including mosques.
The committee confirms the continuation of the operation of the activities of venue halls, and international and local conferences and exhibitions as well as activities of a mass nature at 70% of their capacity. It also calls anyone who exhibits any respiratory symptoms to avoid attending Jama’a prayers and gatherings of all kinds to protect himself and his community. It also urges nationals and residents to quickly take the booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine for those who have completed six months from taking the second dose, in order to enhance both individual and community immunity.