Kids to be allowed in malls, food courts to open in second phase of lifting of COVID-19 restrictions in Qatar
Children under 12 years of age will be permitted to enter malls starting Friday, June 18, 2021, under the second phase of the easing of COVID-19 restrictions in Qatar.
This was approved as part of a set of other decisions by the Qatari Cabinet at its regular meeting held this afternoon.
His Excellency Qatar’s Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani chaired the meeting, which was held at the Amiri Diwan.
Following the meeting, the cabinet announced its decision to proceed with the second phase of the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions in Qatar, effective Friday, June 18, 2021.
HE the Minister of Justice and Acting Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Dr Issa bin Saad Al Jafali Al Nuaimi issued the following statement.
At the start of the meeting, the Cabinet listened to the explanation given by the Minister of Public Health on the latest developments pertaining to COVID-19. After reviewing the report of the Supreme Committee for Crisis Management regarding the plan to gradually lift the restrictions imposed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and in the interest of the health and safety of all members of society.
The cabinet gave its nod of approval to the following:
1- No more than 80 percent of the total number of employees work from office in the government sector, while the remaining employees work remotely from their homes, with the exception of military, security, and health sectors.
2- No more than 80 percent of the total number of employees work from offices in the private sector and the remaining employees work remotely from their homes. Ministry of Commerce and Industry, in coordination with the concerned authorities, will determine the necessary activities excluded from this decision.
3- Continuing to allow meetings for employees and workers in government and private sectors present at their workplace in the presence of no more than 15 people, with 5 among the 15 people who have not completed or not received doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and the rest fully vaccinated. The rest of the meetings should be done remotely using modern technical means.
4- Obligating all employees and workers in the public and private sectors to conduct a rapid test for the Coronavirus (Rapid Antigen) 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. Employees and workers are exempted from conducting this examination if they have completed doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, recovered from the disease or whose health status, according to a medical report approved by the Ministry, doesn’t allow taking the anti-coronavirus vaccine.
5- Continuing mask-wearing requirement when leaving home, unless alone in a vehicle or with family.
6- Continuing requirement to activate the EHTERAZ app when leaving home.
7 – Mosques continue to open for daily and Friday prayers for those over 7, while toilets and ablution facilities will remain closed.
8- No more than 10 vaccinated people, or 5 unvaccinated people or mixed groups, to gather indoors or majlis. No more than 20 vaccinated people, or 10 unvaccinated or mixed groups, to gather outdoors in homes and majlis.
9- Weddings will be permitted at hotels and wedding venues for up to 40 people, of which at least 75 percent must be vaccinated.
10- Up to 10 people or family members residing same house are allowed to gather at parks, beaches, and the corniche while continuing to close playgrounds and exercise equipment in those places. Private beaches to operate at 40 percent capacity.
11- Not to have more than four people in a vehicle, including the driver of the vehicle, with the exception of family members residing in the same house.
12- Continuing with the reduction in the number of people transported by buses to half of the bus capacity, while taking precautionary measures and measures.
13- Metro and public transport to continue operating at 30 percent capacity. Smoking areas will remain closed and not allowing food and drink in the mentioned means of transport.
14- Driving schools will continue operating at 30 percent capacity. Employees must be vaccinated.
15- Cinemas and theatres to continue at 30 percent capacity, for those over 12. At least 75 percent of customers must be vaccinated.
16- Private educational and training centers to continue operating at 30 percent capacity. Trainers must be vaccinated.
17- Nurseries and childcare facilities to continue operating at 30 percent capacity. Employees must be vaccinated.
18- Museums and libraries to increase to 50 percent capacity.
19- Special needs centers to continue operating with one teacher per up to five students. Teachers must be vaccinated.
20- Professional training allowed indoors and outdoors. Amateur training to allow 20 vaccinated people outdoors and 10 vaccinated people indoors.
21- Continuing to allow local and international sporting events after obtaining the approval of the Ministry of Public Health, and to allow the presence of no more than 30 percent of the capacity in open spaces, provided that 75 percent of the public have completed vaccine doses COVID-19, and allowing the presence of no more than 20 percent of the capacity of the public in closed places, provided that they have fully vaccinated.
22- Select exhibitions, conferences and fairs will be allowed at 30 percent capacity, following a risk assessment and approval from MOPH.
23- Allowing the work of shopping centers with a capacity not exceeding 50 percent, allowing children under 12 years of age to enter, and allowing the opening of food courts at 30 percent capacity, mosques, and toilets.
24 - Continuing to allow restaurants and cafes to serve food and beverages in accordance with the following:
A- For open spaces, capacity should not exceed 50 percent for restaurants and cafes that have the "Clean Qatar" certificate, and capacity should not exceed 30 percent for restaurants and cafes that meet the conditions determined by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
B - For restaurants and cafes that have a "Clean Qatar" certificate indoor capacity should not exceed 30 percent and capacity should not exceed 15 percent for restaurants and cafes that meet the conditions determined by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, provided that all customers are fully vaccinated.
25- Private boats, boat rentals, and tourist boats will be allowed to open at 50 percent capacity, for up to 15 vaccinated, while allowing the presence of 3, within the mentioned percentage, who did not complete or did not receive vaccine doses. Employees must be vaccinated.
26- Souqs to open throughout the week, with capacity not exceeding 50 percent and children under 12 years of age are allowed.
27- Continuing the work of wholesale markets with a capacity not exceeding 50 percent and children under 12 years of age are allowed.
28- Continuing to allow opening of beauty and hairdressing salons with a capacity not exceeding 30 percent, provided that all workers in those facilities and clients are fully vaccinated.
29- To allow opening of amusement parks and all entertainment centers according to the following conditions:
A- Capacity not exceeding 30 percent for amusement parks and recreational centers in open spaces.
B - Capacity not exceeding 20 percent for amusement parks and indoor entertainment centers, provided that 75 percent of the customers who are fully vaccinated are among that percentage.
30- Continuing to allow the opening of health clubs, physical training clubs, massage services, sauna and steam rooms, jacuzzi services, and Moroccan and Turkish baths, provided that it does not exceed (40 percent) of the capacity, provided that all workers in those facilities and customers have completed doses of the (COVID-19) vaccine.
31- Continuing to allow the opening of swimming pools and water parks according to the following:
A- Capacity not exceeding (40 percent) for all swimming pools and water parks in open spaces.
B- Capacity not exceeding (20 percent) for all indoor swimming pools and water parks, and only customers who have completed doses of the (COVID-19) vaccine are allowed to enter.
32- Continuing to allow medical services to be provided in private health care facilities, not exceeding (80 percent) of the capacity of these facilities.
33- Continuing to allow cleaning and hospitality companies to provide their services through their employees who have completed doses of the (COVID-19) vaccine, whether in one or more homes; and allowing cleaning and hospitality services to be provided to the companies during working hours with a capacity not exceeding (50 percent), from its employees who have completed doses of the (COVID-19) vaccine.
The blended education system for all public and private universities, schools and kindergartens and the current travel and return policy to Qatar will continue, the Cabinet noted.
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Source: The Peninsula
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@reignmiguel - Well you can refer the norms for Mosques.
7 – Mosques continue to open for daily and Friday prayers for those over 7, while toilets and ablution facilities will remain closed. I hope inside Church physical distancing are also followed similar to mosques.
How about Churches if they allowed Children to attend masses. Thanks