By Gavin Gibbon
All mosques are to close, except for the call to prayer, as well as all worship areas for non-muslims
All restaurants in Oman will close from noon on Wednesday as part of a raft of measures designed to halt the spread of coronavirus.
Shops will also close, except those providing food, consumer items, clinics, pharmacies and opticians.
The latest instructions were agreed by the Supreme Committee in the Sultanate as the number of cases in the country reached 33.
Restrictions include limiting entry to Oman via land, sea or airports, to Omanis only and suspending all travel from the country.
All mosques are to close, except for the call to prayer, as well as all worship areas for non-muslims.
The committee has ordered the suspension of all gatherings, activities and conferences and closed all tourist sites including beaches, parks, wadis, mountains, sands, waterfalls and water springs.
Souqs and market places are also to close, as are sport and cultural clubs, sport halls, courts, health clubs, barber shops and beauty salons.
A statement on Oman’s news agency said: “The Supreme Committee has reiterated its call upon all to observe the necessity of total commitment to decisions and recommendations undertaken in this regard in serving the public interest.
“The decisions continue to take effect until further notice.”