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Proof of jabs must for entry in govt, commercial centres

21 Aug 2021

As the number of COVID-19 daily cases drop further, the Supreme Committee tasked with tackling the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has issued a new set of decisions, including ending the night movement ban and allowing commercial activities to continue late into the night, that came into effect from Saturday evening.

A statement from the Supreme Committee said starting September 1, 2021, vaccination will be a pre-requisite for entry into Oman. ‘To enter Oman from all land, sea and airports, it is required to receive two doses of vaccines approved in the sultanate (for those aged 18 years and older) and to undergo a COVID-19 PCR test before or upon arrival,’ it stated. Additionally, travellers must adhere to seven days quarantine with a PCR test on the eighth day.

In another major decision, the Supreme Committee stated that starting September 1, vaccination will be mandatory in order to enter government offices and private sector establishments. ‘This includes commercial complexes and restaurants, as well as attending cultural, sports and group events. Heads of government and private units must take the necessary measures to implement these decisions.’ 

It added that a general framework for operating schools in the sultanate during the 2021/2022 school year has been adopted. This is in accordance with a mechanism that will be announced by the Ministry of Education with emphasis on the need to adhere to all precautionary measures for the safety of students and members of the teaching and administrative staff. These protocols will be in line with the latest epidemiological situation in the sultanate.

On Thursday, the Ministry of Health reported 186 new cases and seven people succumbing to the virus. With this, the total number of cases registered in Oman is 300,914, including 4,020 deaths. ‘Twenty patients were admitted to hospitals in a 24-hour period on Thursday, accounting for a total of 196 inpatients.’

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