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As Oman goes into lockdown from May 8 until 15, Ministry of Health has issued a clarification on who is excluded from the movement ban. Image Credit: AP

Muscat: As Oman goes into lockdown from May 8 until 15, Ministry of Health has issued a clarification on who is excluded from the movement ban.

As per the MoH notice, healthcare personnel, employees of private hospitals, pharmacy staff on night shifts, traffic staff working in airports and ports, drivers of water and wastewater tankers, factory workers who however will not be allowed to move beyond the factory perimeter during the lockdown time, loading and unloading staff in factories, on-shift staff in gas stations and oil fields, press and media workers working with the permit provided by the Ministry of Information, health inspectors, technicians and staff authorised for judicial seizure, fishermen and bee-keepers, under the remit of the Ministry of Agriculture Fishery and Water Resources, as well as those working with food delivery companies are exempt from movement ban.

Among activities excluded from the ban are groceries, bakeries, Omani halwa shops, confectionary shops, nut stores, ice-cream and juice shops, meat, poultry and fish shops, fruits and vegetables shops among other such.

Banks open

Petrol stations as well as tire and vehicle repair shops will remain open with not more than three customers at a time.

Banks, exchanges and financial companies are allowed to work during the lockdown hours for necessary transactions set in accordance with the Central Bank of Oman while customer lounges will remain closed.

Restaurants and coffee shops are allowed for 24-hours delivery orders, provided it is made through a licensed food delivery company. In the absence of such a food delivery company available in the network, an application is to be made to the relevant municipality by the licensee of the restaurant. The Food delivery must be undertaken by licensed companies within their authorised scope of delivery network. The delivery vehicle must clearly bear a sticker of the name of the company, license details as well as the permitted geographical scope of delivery.