Muscat: Customers returned to Mawaleh Central Fruits and Vegetables Market as it reopened to the public with COVID prevention protocols in place.
The market is a key source of fruits and vegetables stocked on supermarket shelves in the capital. Individual visitors also frequent the market to meet their grocery needs.
“The main COVID prevention being carried out is the compulsory wearing of masks,” said an eyewitness who visited the market on the day of its reopening. “At the gate, customers who entered the market had their temperatures checked.
“One of the things I noticed is that not all of the stalls were open,” he added. “Maybe it is because these fruit and vegetable vendors are still waiting for their supplies to come. There was a good crowd of people in the morning.”
The Mawaleh Market was reopened after being given the go ahead by the Directorate of Muscat Municipality in Al Seeb. Under new regulations, it is open from 5am to 11am for wholesalers, and between 1pm and 6pm for individual customers.
The market had been temporarily closed to stop the spread of COVID-19 in Oman, and Badr bin Ali Al Bahri, the Director General for Muscat Municipality, said the Supreme Committee to deal with COVID-19 has given the reopening permission.
“The municipality has carried out works to improve all the internal and external service facilities in the market, such as the market’s external paved areas that accommodate more than 800 parking spaces,” he said, speaking to Oman News Agency.