COVID-19: Food, catering stores remain open

March 24, 2020

Muscat Municipality has clarified that the decision to close down shops does not include food and consumer catering stores and related outlets.

What is open

  • Gas distribution shops (factories, distribution)
  • Food stores
  • Water warehouses and factories (packaging and distribution)
  • Shops belonging to the fuel stations, which provide urgent services like carwash, oil change, tyre repair
  • Pharmacies
  • Restaurants (order, delivery)
  • Optical shops

Not open

  • Barber shops
  • Health clubs
  • Gyms
  • Entertainment, games
  • Hairdressing shops and related services
  • Auto repair and maintenance shops
  • Furniture shops
  • Luxury shops of all kinds
  • Open markets
  • Popular markets and shrines, such as Muttrah Souq, Nizwa Market and Friday Market
  • Laundries
  • Sheesha cafés
  • Flowers and gifts shops
  • Tailoring shops
  • Shops selling clothes and textiles
  • Stationery shops
  • Printing press
  • Shops selling mobile phones
  • Jewellery shops
  • Shops selling electrical appliances
  • Shops selling electronic and electrical devices
  • Malls

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