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More ‘fam­ily time’ amid COVID-19 night cur­few as ROP thanks public for sup­port

- Shad­dad al Musalmy @shadadm Society · Oman · Gamal Abdel Nasser · Royal Oman Police · Chilean Ministry of Health

The COVID-19 pan­demic, which has im­pacted the way fam­i­lies live, has brought some good news in Oman. Peo­ple who are stay­ing at home are turn­ing cri­sis into op­por­tu­nity by spend­ing more time with their fam­i­lies and de­vel­op­ing more fruit­ful re­la­tion­ships.

With night cur­few on, many par­ents are happy to be able to spend more time at home with their chil­dren and say it was some­thing that had been ne­glected un­til now due to daily rush.

Oman is cur­rently into a sec­ond two-week night lock­down pro­hibit­ing move­ment, and clo­sure of all public places and com­mer­cial out­lets from 8pm to 5am ev­ery night un­til Oc­to­ber 24.

While some say the lock­down offers a va­ri­ety of op­por­tu­ni­ties for par­ents to im­prove their re­la­tions with their chil­dren, who in most cases go out in the evening to meet their friends, oth­ers say homes are now filled with joy.

“Due to the cur­few, we get to see each other more of­ten and spend more time with our chil­dren. My bond with my chil­dren has in­creased a lot as we do many things to­gether dur­ing this time. I am glad both my sons, who are in their 20s, are home by 8pm now. We sit and dis­cuss

AB­DUL­LAH NASSER

many is­sues per­tain­ing to our fam­ily,” said 66 year old Ab­dul­lah Nasser, a re­tired oil sec­tor em­ployee.

The cur­few is also said to be time for cou­ples to fos­ter and mend their re­la­tion­ships.

“We both work and now we are at home by 8pm; we get enough time to­gether as hus­band and wife. We also get to do all things to­gether and I think by do­ing so we de­velop a stronger bond,” Samya al Naa­mani, pri­vate sec­tor em­ployee, said.

Brig Said bin Su­laiman al Asmi, di­rec­tor gen­eral of op­er­a­tions at Royal Oman Po­lice (ROP), ex­pressed his grat­i­tude to cit­i­zens and res­i­dents who co­op­er­ate in im­ple­ment­ing the de­ci­sions of the Supreme Com­mit­tee.

“Some fines have been set for of­fend­ers who vi­o­late the lock­down or fail to wear masks in public places. The of­fend­ers will be ap­pre­hended, in­ter­ro­gated and made to sign un­der­tak­ings to pay or face trans­fer to the Public Pros­e­cu­tion,” he said.

H E Dr Ahmed bin Mo­hammed al Sa’eedi, Min­is­ter of Health, said these le­gal mea­sures had been taken to stress the im­por­tance of fol­low­ing reg­u­la­tions dur­ing these test­ing times.

“Any per­son re­ported to have vi­o­lated the night move­ment ban will be held ac­count­able,” he said. The min­is­ter said peo­ple should re­port any vi­o­la­tions.

“Re­port­ing vi­o­la­tions is a na­tional duty,” he added.

My bond with my chil­dren has grown as we get to do many things to­gether dur­ing this time. I am glad both my sons, who are in their 20s, are home by 8pm now

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