Amidst the surge of COVID-19 cases in Qatar, the State Cabinet announced the reimposition of some restrictions aimed to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

The announcement came after the regular meeting chaired by the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior HE Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani held at the Amiri Diwan. The Cabinet gathered information provided by the Minister of Public Health and the Crisis Management Committee. The reimposition of restrictions in the interest of health and public safety take effect today, 4 February 2021. Restriction on weddings will come into force from Sunday, 7 February.

GENERAL

  • All citizens and residents to continue wearing masks when leaving the house for any reason unless the person is alone while driving the vehicle.
  • All citizens and residents will continue to activate the EHTERAZ application when leaving the house for any reason.
  • Private health care facilities will continue to provide all services.

WORK

  • No more than 80% of the total number of employees in the government sector will work at their workplace, while the remaining number of employees will work remotely from their homes or upon request, depending on the circumstances.
  • No more than 80% of the total number of employees in the private sector will work at their workplace, while the remaining number will work remotely from their homes.
  • As for employees and workers in the government and private sectors, meetings will be allowed but with the attendance of no more than 15 persons, and to adhere to procedures and precautionary measures.

MOSQUES, CHURCHES, FUNERALS, AND WEDDINGS

  • Mosques will be open for daily prayers and Friday prayers, while toilets and ablution facilities will remain closed.
  • No more than five people will be allowed in closed places and no more than 15 people in open places, during visits, in condolences and in gatherings.
  • No wedding parties in closed and open spaces until further notice, this excludes home or majlis weddings, in the presence of no more than 10 people in closed places and 20 people in open spaces who are relatives of the spouses, notifying the Ministry of Interior of the date and place of the wedding ceremony and pledging to abide by the procedures and precautionary measures according to the mechanism determined by the ministry.

LEISURE

  • No more than 15 people in winter camps.
  • Reducing the capacity of public museums and libraries to 50%.
  • Stopping the services of renting boats, tourist yachts and pleasure boats. Owners of boats and personal yachts are obligated, if they are used, that no more than 15 people are on board.
  • Continuing the work of cinemas and theatres with a capacity not exceeding 30% and not allowing entry to persons under 18 years old.
  • Closing down amusement parks and all entertainment centres in commercial complexes inside closed places, and allowing them to work in open spaces only with a capacity not exceeding 30%.
  • Closure of playgrounds and sports equipment in public parks, beaches and the corniche, with gatherings being limited to 15 people.

TRANSPORTATION

  • Continue with the decision of no more than four (4) people allowed in a vehicle, including the driver of the vehicle, with the exception of families when leaving and moving in vehicles.
  • Continuation of what was decided to reduce the number of people who are transported by buses to half the bus capacity, while taking precautions and precautionary measures.
  • Continuing to operate metro services and public transport with a capacity not exceeding 30%.
  • Reducing the capacity of driving schools to not exceeding 25%.

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

  • Reducing the capacity of educational centres and private training centres to 30%.
  • Reducing the capacity of nurseries and childcare to 30%.
  • Only allow individual educational sessions to be held in centres designated for people with special needs.
  • Obtaining prior approval from the Ministry of Public Health to hold exhibitions, conferences and various events.

SPORTS

  • Training for professional sports teams is limited to no more than 40 people in open spaces and 20 people in closed places, with the presence of the audience prohibited.
  • Obtaining prior approval from the Ministry of Public Health to organise local and international sporting events, while prohibiting public attendance in closed spaces and allowing their presence in open spaces with a capacity not exceeding 20%.

SALONS, SPAS, FITNESS CENTRES, POOLS AND WATER PARKS

  • Continuing the work of health clubs and physical training clubs with a capacity not exceeding 30%, and the continued provision of massage services in five-star hotels only with a capacity not exceeding 30%, and the closure of saunas and steam rooms, Jacuzzi services and Moroccan and Turkish baths.
  • Reducing the capacity of hairdressing and beauty salons to 30%.
  • Closing all indoor swimming pools and indoor water parks, and continuing to operate outdoor swimming pools and outdoor water parks with a capacity not exceeding 30%.

RESTAURANTS, MARKETS AND OTHER BUSINESSES

  • Continuing the work of commercial complexes with a capacity that does not exceed 50%, with the closure of all common restaurant yards inside the commercial complexes, and allowing these restaurants to make external orders or deliver them inside the restaurant only.
  • Allowing restaurants and cafes to provide food and beverages indoors with a capacity that does not exceed 15%, and restaurants with a Qatar Clean programme with a capacity not exceeding 30%, and allowing all restaurants and cafes to provide food and drinks in their open spaces with capacity not exceeding 50%.
  • Reducing the capacity of popular markets to 50%.
  • Reducing the capacity of wholesale markets to 30%.

The Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Public Health, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, and other governmental bodies are in charge of taking the necessary measures to ensure adherence to the precautionary measures, all within their powers and jurisdiction.

The cabinet noted the current education plan in all public and private schools and kindergartens will continue at the current levels with the implementation of the weekly rotating attendance schedules. The cabinet also said that the current travel, return, and quarantine policies will continue as is with the Ministry of Public Health updating of the COVID-19 green list countries.

The cabinet called on citizens and residents to adhere to the precautionary measures to contain the virus and avoid the penalties stipulated in Decree Law No 17 of 1990 on communicable diseases, amended in Law No 9 of 2020. The cabinet also called on citizens and residents to complete their transactions with governmental and private entities using electronic systems and applications, and avoid visiting them unless it was absolutely necessary.


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