Oman announces new Covid-19 restrictions

The Sultanate has suspended commercial activity until 15 May and prohibited Eid gatherings

Oman has announced an extension to its evening curfew from 7pm to 4am, which is set to run from 8 to 15 May.

The Sultanate has also suspended daytime commercial activity during the same period, except for trading at food stores, gas stations, health institutions and pharmacies. Delivery services for all goods continue to run.

Meanwhile, all government employees have been instructed to work from home from 9 May and the private sector has been urged to implement remote working where possible.

The meeting of the Supreme Committee for Combating Coronavirus in Oman has also issued strict rules prohibiting Eid gatherings. Under the new regulations, people will not be permitted to gather for Eid prayers and pre-Eid souqs (habta). Assembling of any kind is not allowed in all places, including beaches and parks during Eid Al Fitr holidays. This also includes a ban on family gatherings and mass celebrations of Eid.

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