All restaurants in Oman will temporarily shut down today (March 18) as part of the country’s commitment to controlling the spread of coronavirus.
Reported by sister publication Arabian Business, shops will also close, excluding those providing food and consumer items. Clinics, pharmacies and opticians will also remain open. Worship areas for non-Muslims will temporarily close, as will mosques.
The country’s Supreme 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.
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.”
The Sultanate joins both Lebanon and Saudi Arabia, who have both shut down F&B venues recently.According to the World Health Organisation, Oman currently has 24 cases of COVID-19 confirmed, far less than Saudi’s 133 and Lebanon’s 109.