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Measures and fines for private sector to curb COVID-19

7 Jul 2020

Controls for managing private sector establishments in violation of the decisions of the Supreme Committee for managing the developments of the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) 
 

Issued by Ministry of Manpower Decision 167/2020 

Article 2 
The Ministry of Manpower and the competent bodies shall monitor the compliance of private sector establishments with the decisions issued by the committee. 

Article 3 
The Ministry of Manpower and the competent bodies shall police acts committed by private sector establishments in violation of the decisions issued by the committee. For this purpose, they may undertake the following procedures and measures: 

(a) Police violations in private sector establishments and take the necessary measures against them. 
(b) Enter private sector establishments to verify compliance with the decisions of the committee. 
(c) Write tickets for violations committed. 

Article 4 
The Ministry of Manpower and the competent bodies may seek the assistance of the Sultan’s Armed Forces and the Royal Oman Police in applying the provisions of these controls. 

Article 5 
An administrative fine as specified in the annex attached to these controls will be imposed on whoever violates the decisions of the committee. If the violation is repeated, the fine will be doubled. 

Article 6 
The Ministry of Manpower and the competent bodies shall collect the fines and transfer their proceeds to the account of the fund designated for countering the coronavirus pandemic. 

Article 6bis 
Without prejudice to the fines stipulated in the annex attached to these controls, the Ministry of Manpower and the competent bodies shall undertake the closure of private sector establishments on the basis of the recommendation by the pandemic investigation team formed by the Ministry of Health. 

Article 7 
The imposition of a fine specified in the annex attached to these controls does not preclude the filing of a public lawsuit against the violating private sector establishments. 

Article 8 
Private sector establishments are not entitled to claim any compensation due to the application of these controls on the basis of agreements or contracts entered into with others, or for any other reason. 

 

Annex – Fines 

1. Not having an internal emergency plan for limiting the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19)- RO 300 
2. Not having a register recording the attendance and departure of workers to and from workplaces along with specifying the time of entry and exit – RO 100 
3. Not wearing face masks in workplaces or on public transportation – RO100 
4. Not providing hand sanitizers in workplaces or in worker accommodation or providing them with an alcohol percentage of less than 60% – RO100 
5. Not having devices to monitor high temperature of workers in workplaces or a register to disclose any respiratory system symptoms (cough and runny nose) and fever – RO100 
6. Not having a specified mechanism for immediate reporting (specifying a special contact number) on the appearance of any symptoms of respiratory system inflammation or fever of workers – RO100 
7. Not having a special register recording the names of workers suspected of infection with the virus- RO500 
8. Not having markers and signs for physical distancing in the workplace, worker accommodation, dining halls of accommodation, or transportation waiting areas – RO100 
9. Not having awareness stickers in different languages in the workplace – RO100  
10. Not having a register recording the number of workers and their details in every accommodation 
– RO100 
11. Not having security guards to monitor and record entry to and exit from accommodation by workers and visitors – RO500 
12. Not having a sufficient number of waste containers in worker accommodation – RO100 
13. Not having a register recording attendance and departure of workers to and from dining halls of the accommodation and specifying the time of entry for every group according to the approved division of groups – RO100 
14. Not sanitizing work equipment and tools – RO100 
15. Not training workers and making them aware of the precautionary measures to avoid infection – RO100 
16. Any other violations of the decisions of the committee – RO100 
17. Not leaving a vacant seat between workers in a workers means of transportation – RO300 
18. Not dividing the workers in accomodation into groups in accordance with their distribution in multiple workplaces, along with having rooms and toilets for each group, and establishing a mechanism to limit the groups coming into contact with each other when having meals in accommodation dining halls. – RO300 
19. Not providing health isolation and quarantine units for workers in each accommodation unit in the worker accommodation or through contracts with specialised establishments to provide this service, and not providing security guards to such units so as to preclude isolated workers from coming into contact with others. – RO500 
20 Not abiding by the number of workers present in each room in compliance with occupational health and safety conditions. – RO100

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