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In a bid to contain COVID-19 spread, the Sultanate of Oman has decided to ban the movement of people and vehicles from 7 p.m. to 4 a.m. from May 8 until May 15, the Omani News Agency said on May 3.

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Oman will also suspend commercial activity all day during the same period, except for food stores, petrol stations, health institutions, and pharmacies. Delivery services for all goods are also exempt.

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The attendance of employees at workplaces also stands suspended and they can work from home beginning Sunday, May 9. This rule is applicable for all government departments and public legal activities.

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The Supreme Committee for Combating Coronavirus in Oman has urged the private sector to implement the process of working online and reducing the number of employees in offices.