The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) announced the details of the plan to gradually lift the restrictions imposed to limit the spread of COVID-19 over four phases with each phase lasting three weeks.

In a joint press conference with the Ministry of Commerce and Industry on Sunday evening, the MoPH said that the first phase of the plan for the gradual lifting of restrictions will start on 28 May, although it may start on 23 May if the public adhered to the health requirements during the blessed Eid Al Fitr and health indicators allow that. The second phase will start on 18 June, the third on 9 July, and the fourth on 30 July.

MOPH

The ministries also discussed the latest developments related to the pandemic in Qatar.

 


PHASE 1 | 28 MAY


Social gatherings

Indoors:

  • No more than 5 vaccinated people

Outdoors:

  • No more than 10 vaccinated people
  • No more than 5 unvaccinated or mixed groups

Mosques

  • Mosques will be open for daily prayers and Friday prayers
  • Children under 12 will not be allowed in mosques
  • Toilets and ablution facilities will remain closed

Weddings

  • Weddings will continue to be prohibited

Maritime transport

  • Continued suspension of boat rentals and tourist boats, except for families
  • Private boats will be accessible for up to 10 vaccinated people, with up to 4 unvaccinated people allowed
  • All boat staff must be vaccinated

Public transport (e.g.: metro & buses)

  • All public transport will operate at 30% capacity
  • Operations will resume on Friday and Saturday
  • Smoking areas will remain closed
  • Food outlets will be subject to the same rules as restaurants and cafes

Driving schools

  • Driving schools to start operating at 30% capacity
  • Vaccinated employees allowed
  • Only vaccinated employees will be allowed to administer lessons

Parks, corniche, and beaches

  • Small groups of up to 5 people or members of the same family are allowed to congregate
  • Private beaches allowed to operate at 30% capacity

Sports teams training

  • Training allowed for MOPH-approved local and international tournaments
  • Sports training for professionals allowed indoors and outdoors
  • Amateur training: 10 vaccinated people outdoors | 5 vaccinated people indoors

Local and international sporting events

  • Select sporting events to be held
  • Vaccinated fans allowed outdoors at 30% capacity
  • Fans not allowed indoors

Education

  • Blended learning at 30% capacity allowed

Special needs centres

  • 1:5 educational sessions only (vaccinated trainers)

Private educational centres and training centres

  • 30% capacity (vaccinated trainers)

Nurseries and childcare facilities

  • Resume operation at 30% capacity (vaccinated employees)

Workplaces

  • Continue at 50% capacity at the workplace
  • Allow essential business meetings for a maximum of 15 vaccinated people

Exhibitions, conferences and other events

  • Postponing exhibitions, conferences, and other events

Museums and public libraries

  • Allowing operation at 30% capacity

Shopping Centres

  • Continue operation at 30% capacity
  • Closure of all food courts except for takeaway and delivery services only
  • Exclusively for those above 12 years old

Traditional markets

  • Allow capacity at 30%
  • Resume operation on Fridays and Saturdays
  • Exclusively for those above 12 years old

Wholesale markets

  • Capacity at 30%
  • Exclusively for those above 12 years old

Restaurants and cafes

  • Allowing outdoor dining at 30% capacity
  • Allowing indoor dining at 30% capacity for “Clean Qatar” certified restaurants for vaccinated customers only

Cinemas and theatres

  • Opening cinemas and theatres at 30% capacity for fully vaccinated people, exclusively for those above 16 years old

Hospitality and cleaning services

  • At homes: vaccinated employees can provide services for more than one home, and services can be provided by more than one vaccinated individuals
  • At work: vaccinated employees can provide services at 30% capacity during working hours

Gyms, training clubs and spas

  • Allowing operation at 30% for vaccinated customers only
  • All employees should be vaccinated

Barbershops and beauty salons

  • Allow operation at 30% capacity
  • Customers and employees vaccinated

Swimming pools and waterparks

  • Operating outdoor pools at 30%
  • Operating indoor pools at 20% for those who are vaccinated only

Amusement parks and entertainment centres

  • Outdoors at 30% capacity
  • Indoors at 20% capacity for those who are vaccinated only

PHASE 2 | 18 JUNE


Social gatherings

Indoors:

  • No more than 10 vaccinated people
  • No more than 5 unvaccinated or mixed groups

Outdoors:

  • No more than 20 vaccinated people
  • No more than 10 unvaccinated or mixed groups

Mosques

  • Mosques are open for daily prayers and Friday prayers
  • Children under 10 are not allowed in mosques
  • Toilets and ablution facilities remain closed

Weddings

  • Hotels and wedding venues are allowed with no more than 40 people and 75% of attendees must be vaccinated

Maritime transport

  • Private boats, boat rentals, and tourist boats will be allowed
  • Up to 15 vaccinated people or up to 3 unvaccinated people allowed
  • All boat workers must be vaccinated

Public transport (e.g.: metro & buses)

  • All public transport will operate at 30% capacity
  • Smoking areas will remain closed
  • Food outlets will be subject to the same rules as restaurants and cafes

Driving schools

  • Driving schools will continue operating at 30% capacity.
  • Vaccinated employees allowed.
  • Only vaccinated employees will be allowed to administer lessons.

Parks, corniche, and beaches

  • Groups of up to 10 people are allowed
  • Private beaches to operate at up to 40% capacity

Sports teams training

  • Training allowed for MOPH-approved local and international tournaments
  • Sports training for professionals allowed indoors and outdoors
  • Amateur training:

– 20 vaccinated people outdoors.

– 10 vaccinated people indoors.

Local and international sporting events

  • Select sporting events to be held
  • Fans allowed outdoors at 30% capacity (provided that at least 75% are vaccinated)
  • Vaccinated fans allowed indoors at up to 20% capacity

Education

  • Blended learning (at maximum 30% capacity)

Special needs centres

  • 1:5 educational sessions only (vaccinated trainers)

Private educational centres and training centres

  • 30% capacity (vaccinated trainers)

Nurseries and childcare facilities

  • Resume operation at 30% capacity (vaccinated employees)

Workplaces

  • Increase to 80% capacity at the workplace
  • Allow essential business meetings for a maximum of 15 people (including 5 non-vaccinated people)

Exhibitions, conferences and other events

  • Allow select exhibitions, conferences and fairs with a capacity of 30% following a risk assessment and approval of MOPH

Museums and public libraries

  • Allowing 50% capacity

Shopping Centres

  • Increase capacity to 50%
  • Operating food courts at 30% capacity
  • Opening mosques and toilets
  • Exclusively for those above 12 years old

Traditional markets

  • Allow capacity at 50%
  • Exclusively for those above 12 years old

Wholesale markets

  • Capacity at 50%
  • Exclusively for those above 12 years old

Restaurants and cafes

  • Allowing outdoor dining at 40% capacity
  • Allowing indoor dining at 30% capacity for “Clean Qatar” certified restaurants for vaccinated customers only

Cinemas and theatres

  • Opening cinemas and theatres at 30% capacity for fully vaccinated people, exclusively for those above 12 years old
  • 75% of customers vaccinated

Hospitality and cleaning services

  • At homes: vaccinated employees can provide services for more than one home, and services can be provided by more than one vaccinated individuals
  • At work: vaccinated employees can provide services at 50% capacity during working hours

Gyms, training clubs and spas

  • Allowing operation at 40% for vaccinated customers only
  • All employees should be vaccinated

Barbershops and beauty salons

  • Allow operation at 30% capacity
  • Customers and employees vaccinated

Swimming pools and waterparks

  • Operating outdoor pools at 30%
  • Operating indoor pools at 20% for those who are vaccinated only

Amusement parks and entertainment centres

  • Outdoors at 30% capacity
  • Indoors at 20% capacity
  • 75% of customers to be vaccinated

PHASE 3 | 9 JULY


Social gatherings

Indoors

  • No more than 15 vaccinated people
  • No more than 5 unvaccinated or mixed groups

Outdoors:

  • No more than 30 vaccinated people
  • No more than 15 unvaccinated or mixed groups

Mosques

  • Mosques are open for daily prayers and Friday prayers
  • Children under 7 are not allowed in mosques
  • Toilets and ablution facilities remain closed

Weddings

  • Hotels and wedding venues only:
  • No more than 80 people
  • % of attendees must be vaccinated

Maritime transport

  • Private boats allowed to operate at 50% capacity
  • Boat rentals and tourist boats allowed to operate at 30%.
  • Up to 20 vaccinated people (up to 4 unvaccinated people are allowed)
  • All boat staff must be vaccinated

Public transport (e.g.: metro & buses)

  • All public transport will operate at 50% capacity
  • Buses will operate at 30% capacity
  • Smoking areas will remain close
  • Food outlets will be subject to the same rules as restaurants and cafes

Driving schools

  • Driving schools allowed to operate at 50% capacity
  • Vaccinated employees allowed
  • Only vaccinated employees will be allowed to administer lessons

Parks, corniche, and beaches

  • Groups of up to 15 people are allowed
  • The use of playgrounds and sports equipment will be allowed
  • Private beaches to operate at up to 50% capacity

Sports teams training

  • Training allowed for MOPH-approved local and international tournaments
  • Sports training for professionals allowed indoors and outdoors
  • Amateur training:

– 30 vaccinated people outdoors

– 15 vaccinated people indoors

Local and international sporting events

  • Fans allowed outdoors at 50% capacity
  • Fans allowed indoors at 30% capacity
  • 75% of fans must be vaccinated

Education

  • Blended learning (at maximum 50% capacity)

Special needs centres

  • 1:5 educational sessions only (vaccinated trainers)

Private educational centres and training centres

  • Increase to 50% capacity (vaccinated trainers)

Nurseries and childcare facilities

  • Increase operation to 50% capacity (vaccinated employees)

Workplaces

  • Continue at 80% capacity at workplace
  • Allow essential business meetings for a maximum of 15 people (including 5 non-vaccinated people)

Exhibitions, conferences and other events

  • Allow select exhibitions, conferences and fairs with a capacity of 30% following a risk assessment and approval of MOPH

Museums and public libraries

  • Allowing 50% capacity

Shopping Centres

  • Continue at 50% capacity
  • Increasing food courts to 30% capacity
  • Allowing children

Traditional markets

  • Allow capacity at 50%
  • Allowing children

Wholesale markets

  • Allow capacity at 50%
  • Allowing children

Restaurants and cafes

  • Allowing outdoor dining at 50% capacity
  • Allowing indoor dining at 30% capacity for “Clean Qatar” certified restaurants
  • 75% of customers to be vaccinated

Cinemas and theatres

  • Opening cinemas and theatres at 30% capacity for fully vaccinated people, exclusively for those above 12 years old
  • 75% of customers vaccinated

Hospitality and cleaning services

  • At homes: vaccinated employees can provide services for more than one home, and services can be provided by more than one vaccinated individuals
  • At work: vaccinated employees can provide services at 80% capacity during working hours

Gyms, training clubs and spas

  • Allowing operation at 50%
  • 75% of customers to be vaccinated
  • All employees should be vaccinated

Barbershops and beauty salons

  • Allowing operation at 50%
  • All employees should be vaccinated

Swimming pools and waterparks

  • Outdoor pools at 40%
  • Operating indoor pools at 30%
  • 75% of customers to be vaccinated

Amusement parks and entertainment centres

  • Outdoors at 40% capacity
  • Indoors at 30% capacity
  • 75% of customers to be vaccinated

The government of Qatar calls on the public to take care and apply the minimum health standards to prevent the spread of coronavirus. These include:

  • Washing your hands often or using hand sanitisers
  • Keeping a distance of at least two metres from people who have symptoms of illness
  • 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


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