Coronavirus: Oman bans all Eid gatherings, will issues fines, jail time for violators

Muslim children distribute chocolates at the end of the morning Eid al-Adha prayer outside a mosque in Muscat. (File photo: AFP)

All social gatherings relating to Eid al-Fitr have been banned in Oman and violators will be fined or jailed, the country’s Supreme Committee for Dealing with COVID-19 announced on Monday.

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Eid prayers, livestock auctions, family visits, and group celebrations will be prohibited during the holiday as part of efforts to curb the coronavirus outbreak, the committee added.

The Royal Oman Police has been authorized to monitor the public’s compliance and issue fines or jail penalties for violations, according to the committee.

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The amount violators will have to pay and the jail time was not specified.

Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, is expected to begin on May 22, pending the moon sighting.

Muslims usually celebrate the holiday by performing communal prayers after sunrise and spending the day

with family and friends. However, the coronavirus pandemic has forced mosques around the world to shut their doors and governments to call for social distancing measures.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 10:02 - GMT 07:02