Oman: Lockdown in Dhofar extended, private sector relief package in place until September

Merge 104.8  |  30 June 2020

Oman’s Supreme Committee for COVID-19 has announced several new decisions after convening today [Tuesday, June 30] to discuss developments of the pandemic in the Sultanate.

In a statement issued online, the Supreme Committee has stated that the lockdown in Dhofar Governorate and the Wilayat of Masirah will now be extended until Friday, July 17.

Along with this, the Committee has announced that the relief package for private sector businesses across Oman that was implemented in April will now also be extended until the end of September 2020.

The statement also said that the Supreme Committee is following with great concern the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the country, along with the number of people being admitted to hospital.

The Committee also noted the increase in rates of cases among Omani citizens, stating that the rise indicates that some members of the public have not adhered to the regulations outlined by the government to help curb the spread of coronavirus.

(Also read: COVID-19 cases in Oman cross 40,000, 70% of Tuesday’s new cases among Omanis.)