Individuals older than 60 will now be allowed to enter shopping malls and other public places, as Oman continues to gradually lift some of its enforced restrictions.
H E Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed al Sa’eedi, Minister of Health, said the Supreme Committee for dealing with COVID-19 has decided to allow people over 60 years to enter malls.
“The Supreme Committee has decided to allow people over 60 years to enter malls, and we call on everyone to allow the elderly to enter shops and institutions.
“All institutions should end the ban on those over the age of 60. They should be not denied entry,” he added.
Elderly people expressed their happiness saying malls and other public places are the areas they use to refresh their minds.
“Places like malls are ideal for me because I get to see many things and feel refreshed. Moreover, being older than 60 does not mean your enjoyment is over. In fact, we may be much stronger with good immunity than some young people. So, I have no concern for my wellbeing at the malls or public places provided I take proper precautionary measures,” said Abdullah Nasser, a 65 year old retiree.
However, malls and other commercial centres are still out of bounds for children, and parents say it is now time for them to be allowed in.
“As far as I understand, children have stronger immune system than adults. Now that the elderly are allowed into malls, children, with proper supervision, are eagerly waiting to be allowed to visit malls again. It has been long since they went out, given that public parks are still closed,” said Asila Mohammed al Naamani, mother of three girls.
With parks and malls being out of bounds for children, parents feel their children are deprived of social activities.
“It has been so difficult for children not to engage in outdoor activities and I wish they could be allowed to go to public parks soon. I feel sorry for my children and above all they need some form of physical exercise since I stay in a flat,” said Anwar al Musallami, father of four children.