Oman temporarily bans all public gatherings

The decision was made by the Supreme Committee which is combatting the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19)

Oman temporarily bans all public gatherings

Oman has temporarily banned all public gatherings in a bid to stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), it has been announced.

Coming into effect today (March 23), all kinds of gatherings in public places are no longer allowed. The government has not said how long the ban will be in place for.

The Supreme Committee tasked with dealing with the spread of COVID-19 also announced a number of other measures.

All money exchange units will be closed, and merchants are being urged to use electronic payment measures instead of cash as it can carry the disease.

The government has also stopped the printing, distribution, and sale of newspapers, magazines and other publications.

The Supreme Committee has also urged the private sector to allow employees to work from home, and to reduce gatherings at work.

Oman has already taken a number of precautionary measures in recent weeks, including suspending all means of public transport.

Schools and other educational institutions have also been closed for a month.

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