The Supreme Committee dealing with COVID-19 held a meeting on Wednesday under the chairmanship of Sayyid Hamoud bin Faisal al Busaidi, Minister of Interior, in which it was decided to lift the lockdown of the Governorate of Muscat. It also instructed at least 50 per cent of government employees to go back to work.
In a statement, the committee said, ‘The Supreme Committee has decided to lift the lockdown in the Governorate of Muscat on May 29. It has also decided to end the decision exempting employees from attending their work places in government institutions, and that at least 50 per cent of the employees should go back to work, starting from May 31.’
The decision on lifting the health isolation of Muttrah has, however, not yet been taken.
The committee said that some employees can avail of the balance of their annual leave. ‘The head of the department may take the appropriate decision to grant leaves while ensuring the regular performance of the government units for its work and services,’ it said.
The committee, however, said that necessary precautionary controls are needed to ensure that the disease does not spread. ‘The Supreme Committee emphasises the role of the individual and society, in general, in preventing disease and adhering to the preventive precautions,’ it said, adding, ‘The committee stresses the need for all government and private agencies to develop policies and procedures to protect their employees and beneficiaries from spreading of the virus.’