Retail Outlets in Malls, Commercial Centres, Markets to Resume Operations
In line with the second stage of the gradual lifting of COVID-19 restrictions, all retail outlets in malls and commercial centres will be allowed to resume their activities starting 1 July.
According to the announcement made by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, all commercial outlets in some street markets are also allowed to operate, namely The Gold Souq, Souq Al Ali, Al Gharafa Market, Thursday and Friday market, Souq Waqif (Doha) Souq Al Wakrah and Al Sailiya Central Market.
Gaming centres, amusement parks, skateboards arenas, prayer rooms and cinemas on the other hand will remain closed. Restaurants operating inside malls and commercial centres are allowed to deliver to home addresses, or hand over orders at the restaurant only. This decision also prohibits any artistic, cultural or recreational activities at malls and commercial centres.
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Despite the lifting of the restrictions in retail and commercial outlets, safety measures are still to be observed to preserve the health and safety of citizens and residents, and to limit the spread of the COVID-19.
Malls, commercial centres and street markets must adhere to the precautionary and preventive measures outlined by the Ministry of Public Health and the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs and comply with the following guidelines:
- Allowing shoppers onto the premises only after checking the colour code identifying the individual’s health condition in the Ehteraz app. Only green code holders are allowed in
- Barring people not wearing a medical mask and compelling visitors to wear one throughout their time at the mall
- Checking and measuring the body temperature of workers and visitors upon arrival at the mall and not allowing individuals with a temperature higher than 38 degrees Celsius to enter the premises
- Providing hand sanitisers across mall facilities
- Reminding visitors to maintain a safe distance of no less than two metres from other individuals at all times
- Operating at less than 50% of the mall’s regular capacity
- Reducing the number of parking spaces available to visitors to 50%
- Barring smoking at mall entrances, and removing all containers designated for cigarette waste
- Preventing the gathering of visitors and limousine or taxi drivers at the entrance to malls
Shop and retails outlets operating inside malls, commercial centres and street markets shall comply with the following measures:
- Continuously measure the body temp of the outlet’s staff, isolate employees who exhibit symptoms, and inform concerned authorities to take the necessary precautions and health measures in this regard.
- Abide by the decision to allow employees above 60 and above, in addition to pregnant women and staff with chronic diseases to work remotely
- Place safe distancing stickers on the store’s floor
- Allow customers to enter retail outlets only according to the store’s capacity. Only one individual is allowed per nine square metres.
- Encourage customers to pay using credit cards rather than using cash
- Continuously sterilise all of the outlet’s facilities, including administrative offices, warehouses, employee housing and affiliated transportation facilities.
These decisions may be subject to amendments and updates according to the latest developments in this regard. Any violation of this decision will subject perpetrators to legal accountability and procedures.
The Ministry stresses that the success of each stage of the comprehensive plan for the gradual lifting of restrictions depends on the adherence of all citizens and residents to the required preventive and precautionary measures.