Oman’s Newspaper Print Editions Are Now Open Following Temporary Closure Due to COVID-19
Oman’s Supreme Committee has announced that the fifth batch of businesses are allowed to open now while adhering to the COVID-19 precautions. Other businesses that will be open alongside newspaper and magazine printing, are restaurants, gyms and swimming pools inside hotel establishments, fish markets across all governorates, commercial activities that are run inside traditional markets, special training activities approved by the Ministry of Manpower, playgrounds for the purpose of training national teams for regional and international events to be used by the national football team, national junior team, Oman national futsal team, Dhofar sports club, tennis playground for the general category, sale of phone sim cards, car wash centres, sale of tobacco and its products, tents’ sale and tailoring shops.
According to Gulf News, even though the international and tourist restaurants are allowed to open, the sale of shisha and alcoholic drinks are not allowed to be served. The food courts at shopping malls will also remain closed. “The thought of having coffee with newspaper in hand is a feeling that I have missed for so long. It makes us think deeply about the simple things in life we take for granted. Not anymore,” said Ramkrishnan, architect consultant, working from his home currently, to Gulf News.