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Oman ends night-time movement curbs, keeps ban for all commercial activities

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Oman ends night-time movement curbs, keeps ban for all commercial activities
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Thu, 2021-04-08 09:17

DUBAI: Oman on Thursday lifted night-time movement curbs for residents and vehicles but kept its evening closure of commercial activities until the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan.

Commercial establishments were earlier mandated to stop operations from 8 p.m. until 5 a.m.

“Work will end with the decision to prevent movement to return to it’s normal, with the continued closure of commercial activities from 8 pm to 5 am until the first morning of the blessed month of Ramadan,” a report from state-owned Oman News Agency.

Omani authorities earlier imposed strict protocols to curb the spread of coronavirus, including a ban on Taraweeh congregational prayers in mosques as well as a prohibition on all types of gatherings.

All social, sports and cultural activities and any other group activities were also prohibited throughout Ramadan.

Oman also restricted entry into the country to Omani citizens and residency holders, as well as advised against overseas travel during Ramadan, except under extreme necessity, considering many countries we also likely to restrict movement and travel.

The Sultanate reported 1,203 new coronavirus cases and seven COVID-19-related deaths overnight, bringing its caseload to 166,685 and 1,735 fatalities.

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