Muscat: The night lockdown, which included the closure of commercial activities and prevention of movement of individuals and vehicles between 10 pm and 4 am, ended on Saturday morning.
The night lockdown between 10 pm and 4 am was introduced on July 29.
The partial night lockdown (only closure of commercial activities) was introduced for the first time this year on March 25 between 8 pm and 5 am, which continued until April 8. Full and partial lockdowns continued since, including during the holy month of Ramadhan, Eid al Fitr, and Eid al Adha holidays.
From September 1, vaccination will be a condition for entry to government and private sector establishments (including commercial complexes, restaurants, and other business outlets), as well as venues hosting cultural, sports, and group activities. The heads of government units have a duty to take necessary action to implement the public safety measures.
The situation in other GCC countries:
This month, Kuwait decided to lift the evening closure of commercial activities and allow entry only for those who are vaccinated against COVID-19. It also decided to open all activities for children from September 1, and to allow only those who are immune to COVID-19 to enter all activities.
Bahrain has opened malls, restaurants, cafes, and sports centers for everyone. The kingdom allows vaccinated individuals, those recovering from the virus and children under 12 years old accompanied by a vaccinated person, to enter cinemas and organize events and conferences indoors.
Abu Dhabi emirate has ended a partial lockdown imposed in July as part of efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 variants, the government's media office.
From August 1, Saudi Arabia has stopped people from entering its shopping malls unless they have been vaccinated against COVID-19.