The Supreme Committee in charge of tackling the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has decided to suspend all commercial activities across Oman between 8pm to 5am, from Thursday, March 4, to Saturday, March 20.
In a statement, the Supreme Committee said, ‘The suspension includes restaurants and coffee shops within tourist centres and home delivery services. Fuel stations, health institutions and pharmacies are excluded from this suspension.’
The Supreme Committee also decided that students of government schools will continue to receive distance education from Sunday, March 7, to Thursday, March 11. ‘The decision on schools will be evaluated in light of the epidemiological situation in the sultanate,’ it said.
The Supreme Committee stated that it took the latest measure to suspend commercial activities between 8pm and 5am due to an increase in hospitalisation of COVID-19-related cases all over the sultanate. ‘These numbers exceed the severity indicator,’ it stated.
The committee confirmed that the spike in infections is related to travel. ‘Data also indicates lab-confirmed cases linked to new strains – among them the South African variant – that caused a local spillover and the emergence of hotbeds in the sultanate’s governorates.’
The committee urged all members of the public to take maximum precaution and protect themselves and their families, with special attention to the elderly, children and people suffering from chronic conditions.