Post third phase of opening of commercial activities, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoCI) has urged commercial centres, shops and factories to adhere to the terms and conditions set by the concerned authorities. This is part of the efforts made by the ministry to prevent further spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), it stated.
The ministry’s call for abiding by the preventive measures has come following the third phase of reopening of activities. During this phase, 49 activities have been allowed to be resumed under the condition of abiding by certain preventive measures and adhering to certain terms and conditions set in coordination with the Ministry of Health.
‘These steps are being taken in coordination with the Supreme Committee in charge of deciding measures to deal with the situation arising out of the spread of COVID-19. The decision to resume activities was reviewed keeping the preventive measures required to provide the services, health conditions regarding the safety of the workers and those who are providing the services into account.’
The ministry said that it has made it clear that the measures include managing the entry of consumers in shops and establishments in batches, maintaining a safe distance of two metres between a consumer and others at billing counters, sanitisation of the shopping carts and surfaces as well as provision of sanitisers for consumers. It has also made it clear that legal action would be taken against commercial centres and shops which do not abide by these procedures.
‘It is necessary for the consumers to abide by the measures for their own safety and to contain the spread of the pandemic. Shopping has to be done by an individual for the entire family. They must wear masks, sanitise hands and avoid shopping during peak hours, which is usually between 7pm and 10pm. We also urge the consumers to opt for online shopping,’ MoCI stated.
The ministry has also been following up and inspecting factories as well as industries. ‘Follow up on the local factories has been undertaken to ensure that basic commodities as well as raw materials are available.’ It also said that all factories in the free zones and industrial zones which come under Madayn were operating normally.
The team, comprising staff of MoCI and members from the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Ministry of Transport, Public Administration of Customs of the Royal Oman Police, Pubic Authority for Stores and Food Reserve, Public Authority for Consumer Protection, Oman Global Logistics Group – Asyad and Oman Aviation Group, was formed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The objective of the team was to do the follow up of the economic implications of the spread of the coronavirus to ensure provision of basic commodities and facilitating its movement across checkpoints and borders easily.
MoCI has also announced several precautionary measures related to the work of industrial establishments in order to limit the effects of the coronavirus. These measures are administrative in nature and those related to production lines.