In line with the gradual lifting of COVID-19 restrictions in the country, the government of Qatar published the following Phase 3 guidelines after the Cabinet’s regular meeting held at the Amiri Diwan, chaired by HE Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al-Thani.

The following guidelines will take effect on Friday, 9 July 2021:

A- Allowing a maximum of 15 people who have completed doses of COVID-19 vaccine or a maximum of five people if all or any of them did not complete or did not receive doses of COVID-19 vaccine in closed places in homes and majlis.

B- Allowing a maximum of 30 people who have completed doses of COVID-19 vaccine or a maximum of 10 people who have completed doses of COVID-19 vaccine with those who have not completed or did not receive doses of COVID-19 vaccine in outdoor areas of homes or majlis.

9- Continuing to allow wedding parties to be held in wedding halls in hotels and independent wedding halls only, provided that the number of attendees does not exceed 80 people while allowing the presence of 10 people in attendance who did not complete or did not receive doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

10- Continuing to allow gatherings or sitting in public parks, beaches and the corniche for a maximum of 15 people or family members residing in the same house, individual sports such as walking, running and cycling are allowed, allowing the opening of playgrounds and exercise equipment in those places, and continuing to allow the opening of private beaches at a maximum capacity of 50%.

11- No car is allowed to have more than four passengers including the driver, with the exception of family members residing in the same house when leaving and moving in vehicles.

12- Buses must continue to operate at half their capacity while taking precautionary measures.

13- Continuing the operation of metro services and public transport services at a maximum capacity of 50 percent throughout the week, while closing the smoking areas and banning eating and drinking inside these services.

14- Driving schools shall continue to operate at a maximum capacity of 50%. All workers in the schools must have completed their COVID-19 vaccination.

15- Continuing to allow the opening of theaters and cinemas and the provision of their services not exceeding 30% of the capacity, provided that 75% of the customers who have completed doses of COVID-19 vaccine, allowing children to enter and counting them among the 25% allowed for those who did not complete or did not receive doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

16- Educational centers and private training centers can continue to provide their services at a maximum capacity of 50% provided that 75% of clients have completed doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and that all the instructors working at these centers have taken both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

17- Nurseries to remain open and providing their services at a maximum capacity of 50%, provided all workers take both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

18- Museums and public libraries to continue operating at a maximum capacity of 75%.

19- Centres for people with special needs to continue operations provided a maximum of five people are present per session, and that all workers have taken both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

20- Continuation of professional sports training both indoors and outdoors, permitting preparatory training for local and international tournaments approved by the Ministry of Public Health, and allowing the training of amateurs with a maximum of 30 people outdoors who have completed both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, and a maximum of 15 people indoors, provided they also take the two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, with no public attendance.

21- Continuing to allow the hosting of local and international sporting events after obtaining the approval of the Ministry of Public Health, with the presence of fans not surpassing the 50% capacity of the open-air venue, provided that among that 75% have completed both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and obligating those who did not complete or did not receive doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to conduct a rapid antigen testing for COVID-19 approved by the Ministry of Public Health within 24 hours before the event, while allowing the presence of no more than 30% of the capacity of the public in closed places, provided that they have completed doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

22- Continuing to allow the organisation of conferences, exhibitions and events with a capacity not exceeding 30%, after obtaining the approval of the Ministry of Public Health.

23- Continuing to allow malls to operate at a maximum capacity of 50%, with children allowed in. Allowing the opening of food courts with a maximum capacity of 30%, and allowing all prayers areas to open, but keeping changing rooms closed.

24- Continuing to allow restaurants and cafes to provide food and beverage on the following conditions:

A- A maximum capacity of 50% for restaurants and cafes that have the Clean Qatar certificate, and a maximum capacity of 30% for restaurants and cafes that meet the conditions determined by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry in open-air areas.

B- A maximum capacity of 50% for restaurants and cafes that have the Clean Qatar certificate, and a capacity that does not exceed 15 percent for restaurants and cafes that meet the conditions determined by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry indoors, provided that all customers must have completed doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, children are allowed in only with their families.

25- Continuing to allow the rental of boats and tourist yachts, provided that all workers in those boats and yachts have completed doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, and that the number of passengers on those boats and yachts does not exceed 50 percent of its capacity and a maximum of 20 people who have completed doses of the COVID-19 vaccine while allowing the presence of 3 within the mentioned number who did not complete or did not receive doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. The owners of personal boats and yachts, if used, are obligated to adhere to the percentage, number and controls mentioned.

26- The continuation of the operation of Souqs throughout the week, with a maximum capacity of 50%. Children are allowed in.

27- Continuing the operation of wholesale markets with a maximum capacity of 50%. Children are allowed in.

28- Continuing to allow beauty Salons and barbershops to operate at a maximum capacity of 50%, provided that all workers in these facilities and clients have completed taking both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Only one child at a time is allowed to be present inside these establishments.

29- Continuing to allow amusement parks and all entertainment centers to be opened according to the following conditions:

A- At a maximum capacity of 50% for open-air amusement parks and entertainment centres.

B- At a maximum capacity of 30% for indoor amusement parks and entertainment centres, provided that 75% of the customers must have completed doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Children are allowed in and must be counted among the 25% allowed for those who did not complete or did not receive doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

30- Continuing to allow health clubs, gyms, massage services, sauna and steam rooms, jacuzzi services, and Moroccan and Turkish baths at a maximum capacity of 50%, provided that all workers in these facilities and customers have completed both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

31- Continuing to allow the opening of swimming pools and water parks according to the following:

A- At a maximum capacity of 50% for outdoor pools and waterparks.

B- At a capacity not exceeding 30% for indoor pools and waterparks, only customers who have completed doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are allowed to enter. From the 30%, 75% of the customers must have completed doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, with children allowed in and counted among the remaining 25% that do not receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

32- Continuing to allow medical services to be provided in private health care facilities with the full capacity of these facilities, provided that all workers in those facilities have completed both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

33- Continuing to allow cleaning and hospitality companies to provide their services through their employees who have completed doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, whether in one or more houses and allowing cleaning and hospitality services to be provided to the facilities contracting with it during working hours, with a capacity not exceeding 80%, through its employees who have completed doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Compliance with the health requirements, procedures, precautionary measures and controls determined by the Ministry of Public Health shall be taken into consideration.

The Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Public Health, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, and other government agencies – each within its jurisdiction – shall take the necessary measures in this regard, to ensure compliance with the health requirements and prescribed precautionary measures.

Despite the easing up of restrictions, Qatar authorities appeal to the public to take extra care and apply minimum health standards. This includes the following, but not limited to:

  • Washing your hands often or using hand sanitisers
  • Keeping a distance of at least two metres from people, especially those who show symptoms
  • Avoiding physical contact, including shaking hands.
  • Using your sleeve to cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing or use tissue paper and dispose of it appropriately.
  • Wearing a face mask in public.

For more COVID-19 related updates, visit the website of the Ministry of Public Health or the Government Communications Office. 

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