Muscat Daily

TOUGH TIMES, TOUGH MEA­SURES

Are you hope­ful that the night cur­few that is cur­rently in ef­fect will curb the spread of COVID-19?

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Bhaskara Rao

At­tor­ney

I am op­ti­mistic that the night cur­few will have the de­sired ef­fect. Dur­ing the day, the mer­cury rises and peo­ple are oc­cu­pied with work. Most vi­o­la­tions of the Supreme Com­mit­tee di­rec­tives like gath­er­ings, dense shop­ping, roam­ing around, etc can hap­pen only at night. The night cur­few def­i­nitely de­ters vi­o­la­tors. This step can curb the spread of COVID-19.

Nasser al Hosni

Busi­ness­man

Yes, I’m hope­ful that the night cur­few that is cur­rently in ef­fect will curb the spread of COVID-19. This is be­cause, af­ter work ev­ery­one goes home and there is no in­ter­ac­tion with oth­ers. Night cur­few stops peo­ple from roam­ing around. It will have a huge im­pact on the num­ber of cases.

Jay­a­tee Choud­hury

Stu­dent

I hope that the night cur­few will curb the spread of COVID-19 as there will be home-con­fine­ment and fewer con­gre­ga­tions at public places. But night cur­few alone won’t lessen the pan­demic. We need to fol­low the SWW code - so­cial dis­tanc­ing, wear­ing masks, wash­ing hands.

Reema Bha­tia

Teacher

The re­turn of night cur­few is a preven­tive mea­sure at all lev­els, be it in­di­vid­ual, fam­ily or so­cial. This is a pre­cau­tion­ary step to main­tain the se­cu­rity and safety of all cit­i­zens. Pro­hibit­ing beach gath­er­ings is a must. Peo­ple don’t com­ply with the re­quire­ments set by the au­thor­i­ties on beaches.

Ai­man Kha­laf

Bank em­ployee

It is un­clear if the night cur­few will fully stop the spread but it will surely help re­duce the num­ber of cases. Clo­sure of public places and pre­vent­ing fam­ily vis­its is ideal to re­duce the spread.

Mo­han Anan­dan

Banker

De­spite re­peated appeals and strin­gent fines from au­thor­i­ties, the public has not been ad­her­ing fully to the pre­scribed safety norms. Un­der the cir­cum­stances, the re-im­po­si­tion of night lock­down will help stem the spread of the virus and also send out a clear mes­sage to the public that “un­less ev­ery­one is safe, no one is safe”.

A R Srini­vasan

Gov­ern­ment em­ployee

The gov­ern­ment is tak­ing all pre­cau­tions and we hope that the night cur­few will re­duce the spread of in­fec­tion, but it is for the gen­eral public to fol­low the rules and guide­lines. If only ev­ery­one had fol­lowed the ex­perts’ ad­vice, we would have never had to face these lock­downs.

Has­saan Sanadi

Lec­turer

Ev­ery as­pect of this pan­demic is un­prece­dented so what will work or what may not is de­bat­able. But hav­ing a night cur­few will for sure bring some dis­ci­pline amongst peo­ple which is lack­ing. Peo­ple fail to re­alise that it’s ev­ery­one’s fight and we all have to fight it to­gether to win.

Muthu­mari Pan­dian

Home­maker

Yes, of course, the night cur­few will be ef­fec­tive in curb­ing the spread of COVID-19. Af­ter work, ev­ery­one would pre­fer to meet their friends, or take part in ac­tiv­i­ties like walk­ing, jog­ging and shop­ping at night. The night cur­few pre­vents these ac­tiv­i­ties. This ap­proach will be very ef­fec­tive in curb­ing the spread of in­fec­tion.

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