Qatar to Implement New COVID-19 Precautionary Measures from 8 January
The Cabinet announced that precautionary measures will again be implemented starting this Saturday, 8 January, to combat the rapidly rising COVID-19 cases in the country. These measures will remain until further notice.
The announcement was made after the regular Cabinet meeting presided by the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior HE Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani at the Amiri Diwan.
These are the highlights of the new precautionary measures:
- All employees and workers in the government and private sectors who are unvaccinated or have not completed the two COVID-19 doses are required to conduct rapid antigen tests approved by the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) on a weekly basis. Those who have recovered from COVID-19, as well as those that have taken at least two COVID-19 vaccines, are exempted.
- Masks should be worn at all times in indoor and outdoor public spaces, with the exemption of people who practice sports in open spaces.
- Children under 12 years old will not be allowed in mosques.
- Commercial complexes, such as malls and shopping centres, will contine to operate at 75% capacity and only individuals who have completed their COVID-19 vaccine doses will be allowed entry.
- Face-to-face classes for schools, including kindergartens, will remain online until 27 January.
These new measures will be implemented starting on 8 January and will remain in place until further notice. Everyone is required to abide by the new measures to curb the further spread of COVID-19.
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