All means of public transport in Muscat has been suspended, the Ministry of Transport has announced.
The ban includes buses, ferries, vans and microbuses. It does not include buses and ferries heading to the Governorate of Musandam and the Wilayat of Masirah.
In a statement on the Oman News Agency website, the ministry said, “The Ministry’s decision comes within the context of its keenness to safeguard public health and workers in public transport vehicles from the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.”
The ban comes into effect today (March 19). Prior to the ban, restrictions were put in place on public transport that included a ban on standing passengers, and the temperature of all passengers were checked before boarding.
Oman has been taking a number of precautionary measure to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Non-Omanis are not allowed to enter the Sultanate via land, sea or air ports until further notice, and Omanis are not allowed to leave.
Schools have also been closed for a month, as are all tourist sites, sports clubs, and gyms.
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