Muscat:The Supreme Committee tasked with tackling developments resulting from coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, in a meeting yesterday, decided a complete lockdown of all governorates of the Sultanate from Saturday, July 25 to Saturday, August 8, 2020.
The meeting, held at the Interior Ministry to follow up developments of the pandemic and measures of prevention of its propagation, was chaired by Sayyid Hamoud bin Faisal Al Busaidi, Minister of Interior.
The Supreme Committee also banned movement and announced the daily closure of all public places and commercial outlets during the lockdown period from 7 pm to 6 am.
Police patrols will be intensified and command and control points will be activated in the daytime during the lockdown period, said a statement issued by the Supreme Committee, which also banned all types of assembling or gatherings, including Eid Al Adha prayers and traditional pre-Eid souq/trading activities (habta), as well as any exchange of Eid visits among families or group gatherings to celebrate the Eid.
The decisions were taken in view of the considerable rise in number of people being infected with COVID-19. They are a necessary measure to protect individuals and society against infection with the disease—to ease pressure on health sector and enhance its capacity to handle the situation.
The Committee prayed for the Almighty’s divine protection of all people against all harms.