The latest countrywide movement restrictions is in response to the rapid rise of COVID-19 infections in Oman.
21 July 2020| Last updated on 23 July 2020
The new measures will be in effect for two weeks.
In light of the recent increase in the spread of the Coronavirus outbreak, the Oman Supreme Committee has announced a complete nationwide lockdown starting from Saturday, July 25 at 7 PM until Saturday, August 8.
The reimposed movement restrictions will continue for two weeks, well over this year's Eid Al Adha holiday which is set to take place from July 30 to August 3. Work resumes on August 4.
The ban on movement is applicable to all citizens and expats in Oman. Public areas, shopping malls, and other commercial outlets be closed from 7 PM to 6 AM everyday during this lockdown period.
Everyone must stay inside their homes for 11 hours a day while the streets will be patrolled by local police.
"In view of the increase in the number of people infected with COVID-19 and to limit its spread, the supreme committee on COVID-19 has decided to close all governorates between July 25 and August 8," the committee said on Tuesday.
"It has also been decided to prevent all types of movements and close public places and shops during this period between 7pm and 6am, with intensified patrols and points of control in the daytime," continued the statement.
Oman nationals and residents are banned from holding any social gatherings or large celebrations during Eid Al Adha. The restrictions also prohibit people from travelling between one governorate to another.
A recent report from the Health Ministry found 1,487 new COVID-19 patients and 11 deaths, bringing Oman's total to 69,887 Coronavirus cases and 337 deaths.
The latest virus death toll was the highest in fatalities recorded ever since the virus reached the Sultanate.
Although the lockdown measures have returned, medical experts urge residents and Omanis to be responsible to help reduce the spread.