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Oman to close borders to everyone except GCC residents from Tuesday

Oman's Supreme Committee has suspended Friday prayers and banned weddings and funeral ceremonies

Oman to close borders to everyone except GCC residents from Tuesday

Only GCC residents will be allowed to enter Oman from Tuesday as the Sultanate intends to close its borders to mitigate the spread of coronavirus.

The decision was taken by the Supreme Committee as the number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the country increased to 22 on Sunday.

Anyone eligible, wishing to enter Oman from Tuesday, including Omanis, whether by land, sea, or through the airports, will be placed under quarantine.

The Supreme Committee has also closed all parks and public play areas, suspended Friday prayers and banned all social gatherings, including weddings and funeral ceremonies.

On Sunday, it was announced that all schools and universities in the Sultanate would close for a period of one month, while the Supreme Committee has previously suspended sports activities, stopped all cruise liners from entering the country’s ports, limited court attendance and banned serving shisha to customers at all licensed premises.

Meanwhile, Dr. Said bin Rashid al-Masroori, CEO of the Public Authority for Stores and Food Reserve (PASFR), has moved to allay fears of potential food shortages, confirming that there is enough food and distribution outlets in the different governorates of the country.

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