Oman to ease travel restrictions from Saturday

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Oman would end a two-week lockdown between its governorates and reduce hours of a nighttime curfew in place to curb the spread of the new coronavirus.

A state supreme committee on COVID-19 announced that the complete lockdown, which was enforced as of July 25 until August 8, will be lifted starting from 6am next Saturday, Oman’s news agency ONA reported. The lockdown included the Eid Al Adha holiday and banned Eid gatherings in an effort to contain the virus incidence.

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The committee also decided Wednesday to reduce a ban on night-time movement in all governorates of the sultanate to run from 9pm until 5am daily starting from the evening of next Saturday for one week until the morning of August 15.

The panel, moreover, cited epidemiological indications and decided to keep putting the Governorate of Dhofar on lockdown until further notice, ONA reported.

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