Qatar now enjoys the eased up restrictions following the implementation of provisions in Phase 2 of the government’s master plan. While precautions are still in place, people are starting to go to the usual crowd drawer – malls, restaurants, beaches, parks, beaches, mosques, and of course, souqs.
The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) issued the following guidelines to ensure that the health and well-being of the people in Qatar are protected. Precautionary measures will remain in force throughout the four phases. Some measures may have to remain in the foreseeable future. Special provisions will be made for vulnerable groups to ensure they are protected and that their essential needs are met.
File photo: Souq Waqif
If you plan to visit Souq Waqif or Souq Wakra, be sure to follow these guidelines to keep you and those around you safe.
Regulated Entry and Exit: Entry points to the Souq are restricted. For Phase 2, souqs are only allowed 50% of their regular capacity. Thermal screening of employees and visitors is mandatory at all entry points and individuals with temperature 38 degrees and above will not be allowed. Only those with Green Ehteraz status may enter.
Physical Distancing: Physical distancing shall be strictly implemented, for both souq employees and visitors. Staff numbers for establishments within the souq are to be kept at a minimum. Visitors are also advised to follow floor markers to keep the required distance.
Infection Prevention and Control: Masks are to be worn at all times. Gloves are also advised. Everyone however, should avoid touching surfaces. Wash hands regularly and keep your sanitiser handy. If you exhibit any symptoms of respiratory infection, please avoid going to the souq.
Shopping Bags: Re-usable bags are also discouraged – recyclable paper bags or single-use plastic bags should be used instead.
Money Handling: Shops are encouraged to minimise cash transactions and encourage the use of cards for payments instead. Customers are advised to clean and disinfect their cards after each payment.
Vulnerable Groups: Vulnerable groups – elderly, pregnant and those with chronic illnesses – are strongly advised to remain at home. Children under 12 are also advised to stay home.
For a complete list of all the precautions guidelines, visit the MOPH website. These listings and special features also offer additional information on safety protocols in place in Qatar.