With the rising number of COVID-19 cases in Oman, officials are calling on people to be more committed to the precautionary measures for the sake of their health, their families as well as the healthcare sector.
In the past couple of months, Oman has witnessed an alarming number of infections and deaths due to non-compliance with the guidelines of the Supreme Committee tasked with tackling the impact of COVID-19. The spike has been mostly attributed to illegal gatherings at private farms, beaches, weddings and funerals.
Royal Oman Police (ROP) has reiterated that offenders who violate the Supreme Committee’s measures will be fined. ‘All types of gathering are banned. Arrests and fines are still on for offenders.’
On Thursday, the Police Command in South Batinah Governorate arrested a group of citizens and residents for violating precautionary measures.
A statement issued by ROP said, ‘One group was held in a gathering in a farm in the wilayat of Barka. Legal action has been taken against them.’
On June 24, another group of people in Buraimi governorate was arrested for violating the movement ban.
The Supreme Committee has banned all types of gatherings; those found hosting or organising such events will be handed a fine of RO1,500, while those taking part face a fine of RO100.
In an interview with Oman TV, H E Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed al Sa’eedi, Minister of Health and member of the Supreme Committee, said, “Unfortunately, gatherings continue and the number of COVID-19 patients is increasing.
“The whole world is suffering because of the pandemic. I appeal to all to adhere to the precautionary measures to protect themselves and their families. If the community does not adhere to the precautionary measures, the number of cases will increase.”
ROP urges people to report any gatherings on 1099.