COVID-19 Oman: Lockdown begins in Dhofar, other tourist sites today

Merge 104.8  |  13 June 2020

Oman’s Ministry of Defense (MoD) has announced that controls and checkpoints are now in place across those tourists areas in the Sultanate currently under lockdown as of today [Saturday, June 13].

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Oman’s Supreme Committee for COVID-19 announced on Tuesday, June 9 that all entry and exit points to Dhofar Governorate, Jebel Shams, Jebel Al Akhdar, and the Wilayat of Masirah would be closed starting from Saturday, June 13, until Friday, July 3.

The Supreme Committee further announced on Thursday [June 11] that Duqm would also be added to the list of areas under lockdown. The move comes in an effort to curb the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus throughout the Sultanate amid the peak of the summer tourism season.

In its statement issued online today, the MoD has said that the Sultan’s Armed Forces (SAF), represented by its military cadre, have activated checkpoints on all roads leading to and from the above-mentioned areas as of 12:00 noon today.

The MoD has also called upon all residents and citizens to comply with control point measures and to cooperate with officers at the checkpoints.

(Also read: COVID-19 Live: Duqm also in lockdown from Saturday, domestic flights still on hold.)