Muscat: Oman’s Supreme Committee for dealing with COVID-19 held a meeting during which it decided to open some business activities. The meeting, held at the Ministry of Interior, was chaired by Sayyid Hamoud bin Faisal Al Busaidi, Minister of Interior.
The Committee studied topics related to economic impacts of the pandemic, particularly commercial and industrial activities. It discussed some proposed solutions that consider public health and support the reopening of some business activities.
The Supreme Committee, after coordinating with those departments related to the public and private sectors, has decided to open some commercial activities, which include the following:
· Vehicle repair workshops.
· Fishing boat repair workshops.
· Car parts sale shops.
· Outlets selling spare parts of fishing equipment.
· Outlets selling electronic and electrical appliances and computers.
· Outlets repairing home electrical appliances/equipment.
· Satellite transmission equipment outlets.
· Car rental offices.
· Equipment and machinery rent offices.
· Sale in outlets specialised in stationary and office supplies.
· Printing presses.
· Sanad offices.
· Quarries and stone crushers.
Customers visiting the above-mentioned shops, offices and outlets are prohibited from entering the workplace, and the services have to be limited to receiving and delivering, according to the decision of the Supreme Committee. The Committee also decided to allow the opening of the following activities in condition that only two customers at a time is allowed to be inside the outlet.
· Automobile electrical outlets.
· Lube change outlets.
· Brake repair workshops.
· Tyre sale and repair outlets.
The Committee also decided to allow money exchange companies to resume their services. The Committee stressed that health precautions have to be strictly applied in all the above-mentioned business activities. The Committee reiterated its call on members of the public to avoid assembling and any sort of gatherings to curb the spread of COVID-19.
The Supreme Committee expressed its wishes that people be protected from harm during this time.