Masks?! by ingrid01


Today is weekend for us and as lines are still long as there seems to be less personnel working. We needed frozen foods, so my husband went with me, in order to stand in line whilst I got those things last minute.
Fortunately they have the "packers" back and that speed things up a little at the check outs. Whilst my husband was waiting to pay, I was just watching and noticed that both masks were not fitted properly. The lady had it totally pulled down and the man's nose was sticking out. I just had to take a quick iPhone picture.
And when checking the May words list the word today was mask, so I had to post this. Masks are not mandatory here, but we will be in lock-down until at least May 29th.
The masks aren't doing much good are they.
May 9th, 2020  
Oh dear! Most people I see wear it wrong, but wearing them gives them a false sense of safety... I think masks may be contributing to the problem more than to the solution.
May 9th, 2020  
Maybe its time to shop elsewhere ... I'd let the management know
May 9th, 2020  
evidently, the staff was not given thorough training when wearing their masks. this surprises me because omani authorities used to be very thorough when it comes to things like health and safety. i know that for a fact because i lived in muscat for almost four years during the mid-80's.
May 16th, 2020  
@summerfield I think you are right and the staff had not received any training at all. At this time last week, it was not mandatory yet to wear a mask. Since Tuesday (May 12th) everybody in the store (shoppers and personnel) has to wear a mask and gloves. I was never a fan of grocery shopping, but don't like it all now so I have to go tomorrow after 9 days and a total empty fridge. I assume things will be different.
In general the mothers I know from school, some Omani's, some longtime residents, are quite happy with the Omani authorities.
May 16th, 2020  
@ingrid01 - you got your driving license yet? it was an adventure getting a license. do they still have the very narrow lane of drums you drive through then turn left or right on the tight space without any part of your car touching the drums?
May 16th, 2020  
@summerfield Within 12 hours of arriving I had my driving license... No driving involved. My husband was here about 2 months before me and all visas were in order.
Somebody from my husband's company took me for for the residence card and after a very simple eye-test (I had to cover my eyes with my hands) we went to another office and within no time, early afternoon, I had the license. All was a little bit of a blur as I had arrived in the middle of the night that same day.
Driving here though is easy. Roads are very well maintained and out of Muscat they look fairly new. I think a lot has changed since you lived here. Saying that, with a hike group we drove to very narrow streets and I can see that the drum exercise could be very useful!
May 17th, 2020  
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