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Supreme Committee allows reopening of some businesses

28 Apr 2020 By ONA

The Supreme Committee tasked with tackling developments resulting from coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on Tuesday held a meeting during which it decided to open some business activities.

The meeting, held at the Ministry of Interior, was chaired by H E Sayyid Hamoud bin Faisal al Busaidi, Minister of Interior.

The committee studied topics related to economic impacts of the pandemic, particularly commercial and industrial activities. It discussed some proposed solutions that consider public health and support the reopening of some business activities.

Then, the Supreme COVID-19 Control Committee, after coordinating with some departments concerned in the public and private sectors, decided to open some commercial activities and these include the following:

1. Vehicle repair workshops

2. Fishing boat repair workshops

3. Car parts sale shops

4. Outlets selling spare parts of fishing equipment

5. Outlets selling electronic and electrical appliances and computers

6. Outlets repairing home electrical appliances/equipment

7. Satellite transmission equipment outlets

8. Car rental offices

9. Equipment and machinery rent offices

10. Sale in outlets specialized in stationary and office supplies

11. Printing shops

12. Sanad offices

13. Quarries and stone crushers

Customers visiting the above-mentioned shops, offices and outlets are prohibited from entering the workplace, and the services have to be limited to receiving and delivering, according to the decision of the Supreme Committee.

The committee also decided to allow the opening of the following activities in condition that only two customers at a time is allowed to be inside the outlet:


1. Automobile electrical outlets

2. Lube change outlets

3. Brake repair workshops

4. Tyre sale and repair outlets


The committee also decided to allow money exchange companies to resume their services.

The committee stressed that health precautions have to be strictly applied in all the above-mentioned business activities.

The committee reiterated its call on members of the public to avoid assembling and any sort of gatherings to curb the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

It wished that all people be protected against all harm.

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