Oman’s Supreme Committee issues new decisions on lockdown extends until 31 July

Oman Supreme Committee
Oman Supreme Committee

Muscat: The Supreme Committee has imposed a ban on commercial activities and movement of individuals and vehicles between 5pm and 4am, starting July 16 until July 31

Within its continuous sessions held to address the urgent needs generated by Covid-19 in the Sultanate, the Supreme Committee has examined the latest epidemiological updates of the pandemic, and the global transmission of its variants, which put a major pressure on the local healthcare system triggered by the increase of cases, mortalities and patients in intensive care units.

Therefore, as an effective response to and recovery from the pandemic, and to maintain the capacity and preparedness of local healthcare system, the supreme Committee has decided the following:

First: To extend the night closure of commercial activities and the movement ban of individuals and vehicles to start from 5 pm to 4 am, effective Friday evening 16th of July 2021 until Saturday morning 31st of July 2021, except for the three days of Eid al-Adha (10 to 12 Dhu al-Hajjah 1442 in which the Supreme Committee decided that the closure of commercial activities and the complete ban on the movement of individuals and vehicles will continue throughout the day.

Second: To exclude Musandam Governorate from the decision to close business activities and the movement ban of individuals and vehicles, due to the low number of cases and inpatients in hospitals starting from today, while emphasizing the commitment of all residents and Musandam governorate to the necessary precaution, such as wearing face masks and avoiding gatherings.

Only those who have received at least one dose of the vaccine that is approved in the Sultanate (aged 18 years and above) who are citizens and residents of the Sultanate, and those who have received two doses of the approved vaccine for arrivals from outside the Sultanate, are allowed to enter Musandam Governorate, starting from 5 pm on Friday 28 Dhu al-Qa’dah 1442 AH corresponding to July 9, 2021.

Third: To remove the Arab Republic of Egypt from the list of countries in which entry to the Sultanate is forbidden, and to add arrivals from, the Republic of Singapore, the Republic of Indonesia, the Republic of Iraq, the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Republic of Tunisia, the State of Libya, the Republic of Argentina, and the Republic of Colombia, Brunei Darussalam, and travellers who have been in or transited through any of these countries in the previous 14 days prior to their request to enter the Sultanate, effective 5 pm Friday,  28 Dhu al-Qa’dah 1442 AH 9 July, 2021 until Further notice. The Supreme Committee hereby urges citizens of the Sultanate not to visit the said states during this period.

With the advent of the monsoon in Dhofar Governorate (Khareef), only citizens and residents of the Sultanate who have received at least one dose of the approved vaccine in the country (aged 18 years and over) can enter Dhofar governorate.

Travellers from abroad who have received the two doses of the approved vaccine. are also allowed to enter the Governorate. This decision shall take effect 5 pm Friday 28 Dhul Qi’dah 1442 July 9, 2021 until further notice. Hotels and furnished flats in the governorate must not exceed 50% of their capacity, in addition to the need to adhere to all precautionary controls adopted by the competent authorities.

The committee stresses that Eid al-Adha prayers and traditional Eid souks (Habatat) may not be held, and that all kind of gatherings are prohibited across the Sultanate, including family gatherings, greeting gatherings and and mass celebrations of Eid.

The committee eventually stress that the decisions to close land boarders will remain in effect until further notice, plus to suspend holding internationals events, activities and conferences in the Sultanate, and to close wedding halls and lounges and activities associated with the rental of tents, and to suspend local events and activities of a public nature, including sports activities and exhibitions. of all kinds.

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