Life in the Sultanate is regaining its lost sheen and getting back on track as families have started visiting shopping malls, beaches and parks since the restrictions imposed from time to time by the Supreme Committee designated to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic were lifted on Wednesday.
Families with small children were seen inside the malls, on the beaches and in public gardens as the lockdown and movement ban implemented to prevent the community spread of Covid-19 came to an end.
However, authorities urged the public to continue wearing masks, maintain social distance and to take all other precautions necessary to let life continue to flow smoother and not to invite another restriction if the cases rise again.
The families, with whom the Observer spoke to, expressed relief as they could let their children venture out to meet their friends and play together on grounds and spend quality family time in parks and on beaches.
“This moment (when restrictions were lifted) is felt like we received our lives back and we thank the authorities who have let normalcy come back to life,” said a teacher who lives with her five member family in Muscat.
Jabson Varghese, Executive Director, Nadan Trading Group, said: “I personally feel that it’s too early to lift the ban considering the number of cases per day. Probably waiting for another month would have been ideal so that most of the people would have got the opportunity to get vaccinated and thus be safer to be out in public places.”
Chandrashekhar, another top executive, said though curbs have been lifted our safety is in our hand.
“We need to decide based on your physical condition. If your friend or neighbour is doing an act, it does not mean that you need to do that or you can. Everyone shall have a realisation about himself. If you need to go out, take all precautions as prescribed in the Covid protocol.”
The Royal Oman Police (ROP) has urged the public that safety from Covid-19 is the responsibility of all the people, both citizens and residents, and all parties should continue to take necessary precautionary and preventive measures to check the spread of the disease.
One needs to abide by the nation’s rules and regulations implemented by the ROP and Public Prosecution, which are responsible for implementing its decisions and cracking down on the violators, authorities have reminded.