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Going back to normal

2 Jun 2021

The Supreme Committee tasked with tackling developments resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic issued new decisions on Wednesday effectively returning life to normal.

With Oman obtaining mo-re than 200,000 doses of vaccine last Saturday, and 1.25mn more expected in June, there is optimism that widespread vaccination will prevent further spread of the virus. 

The committee stated that the decisions related to commercial activities issued on Wednesday aim to alleviate the impact of the pandemic on the private sector and to stimulate business activities without disregarding procedures set to protect individuals and society against COVID-19.

It urged all businesses to enforce the approved precautionary measures announced by the departments concerned and to penalise anyone who disobey health protocols. The committee reiterated that it will continue to monitor the situation and review its decisions in accordance with epidemiological developments.

Supreme Committee’s new decisions include:

* Permission to re-open mosques, with minimum capacity of 100 worshippers, only to perform five daily prayers but not Friday prayers. The re-opening will take place in accordance with guidelines announced earlier by the Ministry of Awqaf and Religious Affairs and the Ministry of Health.

* Ending the decision prohibiting commercial activities in the country from 8pm to 4am, allowing businesses to run at 50 per cent capacity (commercial outlets, restaurants and cafeterias). Children below 12 years will now be permitted in these establishments. 

* Permission to open exhibition and wedding halls and allow such commercial activities provided attendance does not exceed 30 per cent capacity and a maximum of 300 individuals in the case of large halls. Precautionary measures must be in place in all halls and gathering areas.

* Permission to Omanis and GCC residents of the sultanate to move across land borders within the council states on furnishing proof of work entrusted to them by their employers. 

* Reopening of beaches and public parks. The decision bans gatherings of any kind and stresses commitment to precautionary measures.

* Resumption of team sport activities in open places.

* Reopening gyms allowing maximum 50 per cent capacity.

*Reopening swimming pools, gyms and other facilities in hotels only for guests and membership holders.

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