Oman Ends Night-Time Traffic Restrictions, Maintains Ban on All Business Activities


Thu 2021-04-08 09:17

DUBAI: Oman on Thursday lifted nighttime traffic restrictions for residents and vehicles, but maintained its evening closure of business activities until the start of the holy month of Ramadan.

Commercial establishments were previously mandated to shut down operations from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.

“The work will end with the decision to prevent the movement from returning to normal, with the continued closure of business activities from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. until the first morning of the blessed month of Ramadan,” according to one. Oman state news agency report.

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

All social, sporting and cultural activities and all other group activities were also banned for the duration of Ramadan.

Oman has also restricted entry to the country to Omani citizens and holders of residency, and advised against travel abroad during Ramadan except in cases of extreme necessity, as many countries are also likely to restrict movements and travel.

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

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