Coronavirus: Temples and churches to close

Worshippers in Oman will no longer be able to pray at temples and churches in the country until the foreseeable future, as part of measures to stop the spread of COVID-19. People have been advised to pray at home instead. 

“The faithful are hence advised to avoid any group prayer meetings in private or public places, including homes and rented halls, encouraging them to stay at home and pray with their family members,” said a circular issued by Fr. Raul Ramos, the parish priest of Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Ruwi.

“Pursuant to the new directives communicated to us to refrain from holding any public gatherings in line with national efforts to combat COVID-19, we, the catholic churches, shall comply with the directives of the Government of Oman,” he added. “The church will remain closed from 3 April 2021, until further notice.”