The Supreme Committee tasked with tackling the COVID-19 pandemic on Monday decided to extend the closure of commercial activities in all governorates of the sultanate while allowing movement of individuals and vehicles between 8pm and 5am with effect from Thursday, April 8, till the morning of the first day of Ramadan.
At the meeting, the Supreme Committee took cognizance of the widespread prevalence of the disease across the country and daily statistical reports indicating that the health sector is under pressure owing to the sharp rise in number of infections and hospital admissions, for intensive care in particular.
With these in consideration, the committee banned all commercial activities and movement of individuals and vehicles between 9pm and 4am throughout the month of Ramadan.
Special night prayers (Taraweeh) will not be held at mosques during Ramadan, and all gatherings, including iftars in mosques, tents and public assembly areas (sablah), are prohibited. The committee also banned all group activities, including sports and cultural gatherings, during the month.
Starting 12 noon on Thursday, April 8, entry to the country is limited to citizens and residents.
Additionally, the committee urged private sector companies to implement remote work plans and reduce the number of employees who are required to work from office. It further urged all citizens to travel only for the most urgent necessity.