Covid-19 restrictions to be relaxed starting from Saturday in Qatar
After managing to curb the rapid spread of the infectious virus, Prime Minister and Minister of Interior H E Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani, decided to ease the restrictions with regard to the pandemic starting from Saturday, 12 March, 2022.
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Following are the changes seen:
1) Waiving off the restrictions imposed on the carrying capacity and the permitted number of means of transportation and open and closed public and private places, while considering clause 2 of this decision.
2) Entry to closed public places shall be in accordance with the following:
A- All citizens, residents, and tourists who have received all doses of the COVID-19 vaccination, those recuperating from the disease, and those whose health condition prevents them from receiving the vaccine, as assessed by the Ministry of Public Health, based on a medical report from the authorities.
B- All citizens, residents, and visitors who did not receive doses of the COVID-19 vaccination at a rate of not more than 20% of capacity after a quick antigen test approved by the Ministry of Public Health for the following indoor public places: - Health and fitness clubs (gyms).
- Sports events.
- Conferences, exhibitions and events.
- Restaurants and cafes.
- Amusement parks and entertainment centers.
- Swimming pools and water parks.
- Theaters and cinemas.
Given that the rapid antigen test was conducted during the 24 hours before entering those indoor places.
3) Adhere to the requirements set by the Ministry of Public Health for holding any conference, exhibition or event.
4) Government sector employees to continue work from offices while private sector employees to carry on work from home.
5) All employees in both the government as well as the private sector are required to conduct rapid antigen test approved by the Ministry of Public Health, on a weekly basis, for employees and workers who have not received or completed doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
6) Wearing of masks for all citizens, residents and visitors in all indoor public places remains mandatory and not obligating them to wear masks in open public places unless they are within the public activities organized in markets, exhibitions and during events.
All workers in establishments, whose nature of work requires being in open spaces and communicating with customers, must wear masks during their work period.
7) EHTERAZ application on smartphones still remains mandatory for all citizens, residents and visitors when leaving the house for any reason.
8) Continuing to allow weddings to take place, taking into account the restrictions imposed on the entry of people who did not complete or did not receive doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Second - Compliance with the Ministry of Public Health's health regulations, processes, preventative measures, and controls will be taken into account.
Third - Within their respective jurisdictions, the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Public Health, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, and other government agencies take the necessary steps to ensure compliance with health requirements, procedures, precautionary measures, and established controls.
Fourth -These decisions shall come into effect as of Saturday, March 12, 2022, until further notice.
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