Traditionally, the year-end holidays spell happy days for students, with schools organising holiday camps as part of co-curricular activities. However, COVID-19 has disrupted this tradition, requiring activities be held online or with limitations.
Fortunately, with the Sultanate now in the Endemic Phase, some restrictions have been relaxed, allowing for selected activities to be carried out, on condition the public adheres to the Ministry of Health (MoH) guidelines set in place to prevent the spread of the virus.
In the run up to the resumption of the school year, families took the opportunity to explore their own backyard, visiting places of interest and recreational sites.
Among them is teacher Norlehani, who said, “My family and I would typically vacation in neighbouring countries during the holidays. however, due to the pandemic, we are having our holiday here.
“There are numerous interesting places to visit in the country, and I am glad that my children and grandchildren have enjoyed their vacation here,” Norlehani said.
Meanwhile, Hajah Normah binti Nasar, an elderly, said she was initially uncomfortable with the idea of leaving her house, adding, “Alhamdulillah, the public abides by the guidelines and standard operating procedures.”