Manama: Oman has extended nationwide Covid restrictions till July 31. It imposed a total lockdown during Eid Al Adha holidays, state media said on Tuesday. Eid Al Adha prayers, traditional pre-Eid souqs and family gatherings will not be allowed.
According to the orders issued by the Supreme committee to tackle Covid-19, night curfew would be in force till July 31. Starting from Friday, July 16, night-time lockdown will apply from 5 pm to 4 am. Movement of individuals and vehicles remain prohibited across the country during this time, with the exception of essential services. All commercial activities will also be closed. Outdoor activities remain banned during the night-time lockdown.
Extension of restrictions follow a steep rise in the number of COVID cases and deaths in different parts of the country over the past few days.
This is the first extension of the night curfew which was imposed initially from June 20 from 8 pm to 5 am until further orders.
The night-time lockdown will not be implemented in the Governorate of Musandam due to the low number of infections and hospitalisation there.
It also said that entry to the Dhoffar governorate would be restricted to residents who have taken at least one dose of the approved Covid-19 vaccine in the country, as well as travellers who have taken two doses of the vaccine. This decision will take effect from 5pm from July 9, until further orders.
The committee also announced it was removing Egypt from the Red List. It added Singapore, Indonesia, Iraq, Iran, Tunisia, Libya, Argentina, Colombia, and Brunei to the red list.