Oman shuts public transportation, restricts travel to curb COVID-19

Oman has also suspended all gatherings, public assemblies, and has closed tourist sites, beaches, wadis, complexes and souqs

Oman shuts public transportation to curb COVID-19 spread [representational image]
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Oman shuts public transportation to curb COVID-19 spread [representational image]

Oman’s Ministry of Transport has directed the suspension of all means of public transport, including buses, ferries, taxis, vans, and microbuses, with the exception of buses and ferries heading to the Governorate of Musandam, and the province of Masirah.

The ban will take effect from Thursday, 19 March, and will continue until further notice.

The ministry’s measures aim to safeguard public health, and the health of public transport workers, as the government aims to curb the spread of the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19).

The Supreme Committee tasked with studying the scope for tackling the pandemic held a meeting chaired by the Minister of Interior, Sayyid Hamoud bin Faisal al-Busaidi, and reviewed the latest developments of the pandemic.

The committee issued a slew of decisions, including restricting entry into the sultanate via land, sea, and air to Omani citizens only; and directing Omani nationals not to exit the sultanate.

Oman has also suspended all gatherings, public assemblies, and has closed all tourist sites, worship areas for non-Muslims, beaches, wadis, commercial complexes, souqs, sports clubs, entertainment outlets, and mosques – except for the call to prayer.

The decisions will continue to take effect until further notice.

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