To curb the spread of COVID-19, the Supreme Committee has announced the extension of night suspension of commercial activities until April 3. Takeaway services, licensed street vendors and hotel restaurants for hotel guests, however, are allowed to operate.
The Supreme Committee held the meeting on Wednesday under the chairmanship of H E Hammoud bin Faisal al Busaidi, Minister of Interior, to follow up on the developments related to the pandemic.
The meeting commenced with a presentation by a technical health team on the epidemiological situation of COVID-19 in the country. The committee was briefed on the increase in infections and deaths as well as various factors that have caused an alarming rise in cases.
The preventive measures announced on Wednesday include reduction in employees in public sector offices by 30 per cent starting March 21 to April 1.
The Supreme Committee also banned direct flights from the United Kingdom, with the exception of cargo flights, with effect from 12pm on Friday, March 19, until further notice.
In a new development, beaches have been opened for individuals to practice sports.
‘Fuel stations, health institutions and private pharmacies, shops for the sale and repair of tyres located in fuel stations, and home delivery of foodstuff from shops and restaurants are exempted from the closure,’ the statement said.
Additionally, the Supreme Committee approved voluntary work by individuals to help spread awareness on COVID-19 and support the committee’s decisions.
‘The Supreme Committee calls on all parties to continue to adopt the preventive measures necessary to stop the spread of COVID-19.’