After more than two years of pandemic restrictions, Oman announced that its mask stipulations and remaining coronavirus restrictions would be lifted. Several health precautions, including the wearing of a face mask in public and avoiding large crowds, have been dropped by the government because of the continued decrease in coronavirus infection and hospitalization in the country.

People are still being urged to isolate themselves if they show symptoms of COVID-19 or haven’t had their booster shots yet, so authorities aren’t declaring the health crisis over. When all restrictions are removed and the virus recedes, Oman returns to normalcy along with the other Gulf countries.

At its peak, the sultanate was dealing with over 1,000 cases of the highly contagious omicron variant a day. That spike peaked in the winter when the number of cases dropped dramatically. Initial skepticism about Oman’s immunization program was overcome quickly, with 135 doses given to every 100 people.

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