Coronavirus: Oman bans non-GCC citizens entry, Friday prayers, public gatherings

People walk on a street in the Omani capital, Muscat. (File photo: AFP)

Oman will ban the entry of non-GCC citizens through all land, sea and air ports, and will place anyone entering the Sultanate under quarantine. It will also close all public parks, stop all public gatherings such as weddings and funerals, and stop holding Friday prayers in mosques.

The Sultanate’s decisions which are part of its efforts to combat the spread of the coronavirus will come into effect on Tuesday, March 17.

The move comes after the country suspended all schools and universities on Sunday. The supreme committee, formed by Sultan Haitham bin Tariq al-Said on Tuesday with the aim of tackling coronavirus, called for all children to be kept indoors.

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Other coronavirus measures in Oman

The supreme committee formed to combat the spread of coronavirus has passed a number of other measures.

On Tuesday, all sports activities and activities outside of the classroom were suspended, before schools and universities were then shut.

Cruise ships have been banned from docking in Oman’s ports.

Restaurants, coffee shops, and lounges are also now prohibited from selling shisha.

These measures come as the countries of the Arabian Gulf enter increased states of lockdown aimed at preventing the spread of the virus. On Monday, Saudi Arabia announced it was closing many public spaces including malls, in the Kingdom's most far-reaching measure to tackle coronavirus.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 14:06 - GMT 11:06
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