By Gavin Gibbon
Ban includes buses, ferries, taxis, vans and microbuses
Oman has ordered the suspension of all public transport as part of growing measures to halt the spread of coronavirus.
The ban, which includes all buses, ferries, taxis, vans and microbuses, came into effect from Thursday and will continue “until further notice” according to the announcement by the Ministry of Transport.
Buses and ferries heading to Musandam and the Wilayat of Masirah are exempt from the new restrictions.
Meanwhile, on Wednesday the Ministry of Tourism called on all travel and tourism companies and hotels to advise tourist delegations to leave the Sultanate and return to their respective countries.
All restaurants in Oman closed at noon on Wednesday. Shops were also closed, except those providing food, consumer items, clinics, pharmacies and opticians.
All mosques closed, except for the call to prayer, as well as all worship areas for non-muslims.
The Supreme Committee also 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 have also closed, as have sport and cultural clubs, sport halls, courts, health clubs, barber shops and beauty salons.
There were six new cases of coronavirus confirmed in Oman on Wednesday, bringing the total number of cases to 39.