MUSCAT: Oman’s Supreme Committee decided to impose a ban on all direct flights from the UK, except cargo flights, and prohibiting entry of passengers arriving from the UK or who were in transit there over the past 14 days.
The ban takes effect from 12 pm, Friday, March 19, and continues till further notice, reported Oman News Agency (ONA), adding that Omani citizens are exempt from the ban.
The Supreme Committee has also decided to downsize to 70% the number of employees at the workplace in units of the State’s Administrative Apparatus and other legal entities with effect from March 21 till April 1.
The Supreme Committee urges all departments to continue to take precautionary and preventive measures to curb the spread of the disease and to follow up the commitment of all to the instructions.
It has also issued directives to extend the closure of all commercial activities in all governorates of the Sultanate from 8 pm to 5 am till April 3.
An exemption from this covers fuel filling stations, health establishments, private pharmacies, tire sale and repair outlets based at filling stations, transport, cargo, and unloading services and the operation of factories without the option of receiving clients and customers, home deliveries, the handing over of food orders to customers in their vehicles from restaurants, cafes, mobile cafeterias, and licensed street vendors, as well as offering “guests-only service” at restaurants located within hotel establishments.