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Face masks must for shoppers: MM

13 May 2020

Within the efforts to maintain public health and to prevent the spread of COVID-19 pandemic further, Muscat Municipality (MM) has issued a decision on the commitment of commercial centres to adhere to health requirements including providing masks to shoppers.

“Face masks are a must to enter a shopping centre but it doesn’t mean they should be provided free. It depends on the shopping centre,” an official at Muscat Municipality told Muscat Daily. 

The decision stipulated that all commercial centres are obliged to adhere to a number of health requirements, including sterilising shopping carts with approved sterilisers before and after use, disinfecting frequently touched surfaces, maintaining proper ventilation, encouraging and practising at least two metres of social distancing, and providing hand sanitisers dispensers at the entrances and exits.

The decision has said that body temperatures should be measured of all staff and all those who show symptoms of a disease like fever, cough or runny nose should be isolated. It also denies entry to people with body temperature over 37.5 degrees and urges establishments to coordinate with the relevant authorities, in case someone is suspected to be sick.

The decision also includes banning access to children, regulating the entry of consumers in small groups, temporarily closing main gates to prevent overcrowding, not allowing a crowd inside/outside the facility, plus starting awareness campaigns to encourage customers to comply with preventive measures and health requirements.

An administrative fine of RO500 will be imposed against those who fail to follow such requirements and face closure of the facility for three days. In case the violation is repeated within two months, a fine of RO2000 will be imposed with the closure of the facility for ten days.

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