COVID-19: As lockdown looms, Oman citizens and residents draw up plans

Muscat: As the lockdown in Oman starts today with closure of all public places and shops between 7pm and 6am and with ban on all types of gatherings, residents and citizens have made plans to be productive and resilient while staying in the confines of their homes.

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Dr Nupur Sen, who until recently was teaching in a reputed college in Oman, says that the lockdown should not be looked at as a restriction but as an opportunity to spend more time with your family and rediscover your forgotten passions and hobbies. “I would surely be using this time to change the décor of my home, try some new cuisines, and indulge in my long-forgotten hobbies of drawing and singing. Oh yes, this will also be the right time for yoga and meditation.”

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Zeinab, an entrepreneur who runs a beauty salon, says that she has been in lockdown since March, not venturing out much. “I have two young kids with a third one on its way, and with no nanny and domestic help, I need more than 24 hours and more hands to manage the work at home and work from home. With the Eid holidays and the evening free time, due to curfew, I am planning to do Instagram livefeed to our followers where I will give tips on quick make-up and skin care.”

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Sheila Achrekar says she is going to get busy with her garden. “I have been wanting to tend to my garden and now is the time to get the hands muddy.” Sheela also plans to don a chef’s hat at home and try some new hairdos and make-up techniques.

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For James Paul, Chief Executive Officer of Muscat Horizons International LLC, the lockdown and curfew is not anything new. “It has been like this for a long time. I don’t go out much and I am out of office by 2 in the afternoon. I do try my hands at cooking but then, my wife is a great cook and she also needs to do something at home. I don’t want to snatch that right.” The farm that James’ company owns, is a 4,300 square metre organic vegetable and fruits farm done in Aquaponics culture and he ensures the fresh organic products from his farm reach his kitchen daily.

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Avaantica has been busy doing online courses, catching up with her cousins, uncles and aunts through online meetings and Zoom chats. “This week, I am planning a surprise zoom birthday party for my brother who is stuck in India, with his friends, who are spread across various continents with a retro theme for the online party, complete with one person in charge for the background score. After all what’s a party without music?” Avaantica asks.

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Majid Noor Al Balushi, working for a logistics company says that his work from home colleagues are his kids, who are way too excited to have their dad around. “I have discovered how much I love animated movies. Just like how my kids do. On second thoughts, I guess it is because I don’t have a choice.” Majid says as his children scream around him.

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