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Stay at home after work, weekends, holidays: MoM

23 Feb 2020

The Ministry of Manpower (MoM) has urged private sector firms to ensure that their employees stay at home after work, weekends and holidays. 

As per records the virus is spreading and the only way to break the chain is by social distancing and staying at home. However, there are people who still assemble in groups for games, prayers, entertainments and chit-chats.  

The authorities have banned all kinds of games, gatherings at the beaches including Shatti, Ghubra and Azaiba.  

A Pakistani national who did not wish to be named, said, “We work in a construction company and playing cricket on Friday mornings has been our only activity. We played on Friday for 90 minutes but we have decided not to play any further. Any sort of gathering is not good and we have stopped all our recreational activities like playing cricket or gathering for chit-chats.”  

Like him, Harun Alam from Hamriya area said that he has asked his friends not to indulge in group prayers. “Prayers in all mosques have been cancelled but they can be done alone too and I am sure God will not be angry at this hour.”  

Weekends are usually the time when people visit beaches; however this weekend the crowd was less. Govind [first name] said, “I love to take walks during the weekends with my friends but right now it is not safe. I saw many families and bachelors playing cricket. I asked them to go back home.”  

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health (MoH) has called upon people to stay home, avoid wadis and other picnic spots as the sultanate is currently affected by a trough of low pressure associated with rainfall and increase of humidity can increase the chance of coronavirus surviving on surfaces. 

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