MUSCAT: Starting today, all commercial activities in the country will close between 8pm to 5am in the wake of rising coronavirus cases, the Supreme Committee said.
Only fuel stations, health institutions and private pharmacies are exempted from the closure. However, the decision does not include preventing movement of individuals or vehicles,
a senior Royal Oman Police (ROP) official informed The Arabian Stories.
“This is not a curfew or a movement ban. The decision by the Supreme Committee is clear and it is to close all commercial activities across all governorates. The decision has been taken to reduce the spread of the virus,” he said.
Coronavirus cases are increasing at an alarming rate in Oman including deaths prompting authorities to impose stringent measures including closing public parks and beaches.
Oman on Wednesday 358 cases and three deaths in less than 24 hours. According to the Supreme Committee, the epidemiological situation data in the Sultanate showed that the new Covid-19 mutants including the South African strain was recorded in the country recently.