As of Wednesday 24 June, Oman had experienced 33,536 total cases of COVID-19. As a result, during the 13th press conference held by the Supreme Committee since the outbreak of the pandemic, the Minister of Health announced a complete lockdown of the 11 governorates of Oman.
Here’s what you need to know: total lockdown began in Oman yesterday and will be enforced until Saturday 8 August. A curfew is in place from 7pm until 6am every night, meaning all public places and shops should be closed, with fines for those in breach. Note that total lockdown involves closing all crossing points, including main roads and side roads between governorates.
The few exemptions which will be considered for passage through Command and Control points of course include emergency vehicles, ambulances, police vehicles, Armed Forces vehicles and vehicles tackling emergencies (such as disconnected water supplies).
If you have scheduled medical appointments or known medical cases you will be able to frequent hospitals upon providing proof via text message shown at the Command and Control points. However, Director-General of Operations, Brig. Said al-Aasmi, has warned that persons wanting passage through must get permission from the Ministry prior to reaching the Command and Control Points and those providing invalid excuses for crossing the joint control points will face action. Thankfully, seaports, airports and land border checkpoints will operate as usual to ensure Oman's fridges remain fully stocked.
Anyone wishing to travel to Oman will have to carry out a 14-day quarantine after presenting confirmation of accommodation and means to cover expenses upon arrival. Passengers will be required to download and start the registration process on the Tarassud+ app before arrival and pay OMR5 to obtain a tracking bracelet to wear during quarantine.
The Minister of Health reaffirmed that eradication of the virus cannot be realised without everyone’s cooperation and requested the support of all citizens and travellers.
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