Cabinet announces stricter COVID-19 restrictions, effective April 9
With Qatar experiencing a spike in the number of daily COVID-19 cases as well as hospital admissions, the Cabinet has decided to reintroduce stricter COVID-19 measures, including capacity restrictions and closures of some public venues such as museums, libraries, and nurseries.
The following decisions were taken at the Cabinet meeting chaired by His Excellency the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani earlier this afternoon.
These will go into effect from Friday, April 9, 2021, until further notice.
To ensure the safety of all members of society, the Cabinet gave its nod of approval to the below mentioned:
- Reducing the number of employees present at the workplace in government agencies to 50 percent of the total number of employees in each entity and the rest of the employees to work remotely from their homes or on request, according to the circumstances, with the exception of the military, security and health sectors.
- Reducing the number of workers present at the workplace in the private sector to 50 percent of the total number of employees in each office, and the rest of the workers work remotely from their homes, and the Ministry of Trade and Industry, in coordination with the concerned authorities, to determine the necessary activities that are excluded from this decision.
- All meetings that are held for employees and workers in the government and private sectors present at their place of work (remotely) shall be using modern technical means, and in case this is not possible, and in cases of necessity, the meeting shall be held with not more than 5 persons, taking into account precautionary measures.
- Continuing work to compel all citizens and residents on leaving the house for any reason to wear masks, unless the person is alone while driving the vehicle or with his family.
- Continued work to oblige all citizens and residents to activate the (EHTERAZ) application on smartphones when leaving the house for any reason.
- Continuing to open mosques to perform daily duties and Friday prayers, provided that Tarawih prayers are performed during the blessed month of Ramadan in homes, and children under 12 years old are not allowed to enter, while adhering to the precautionary measures set by the Ministry of Public Health and the Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs, with the continued closure of toilets and ablution facilities.
- Preventing social gatherings and visits in closed places in homes and councils, and permitting the presence of a maximum of 5 people in open spaces, including those who have completed doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
- The continued permission for family members residing in the same house only in winter camps.
- Continuation of the decision not to allow weddings indoors or outdoors.
- Gatherings or sitting are not allowed in public parks, beaches and the corniche. Individual sports such as walking, jogging and cycling are allowed, while continuing to close playgrounds and sports equipment in those places.
- Continuing work to oblige all citizens and residents when leaving and moving for any reason that no more than four people are in the vehicle, including the driver of the vehicle, with the exception of family members residing in the same house when leaving and moving in vehicles.
- Continuation of work on what has been decided to reduce the number of people who are transported by buses to half the bus’s capacity, while taking precautions and precautionary measures.
- Reducing the capacity of metro services to 20 percent, stopping the operation of these services on Fridays and Saturdays every week, and reducing the capacity of public transport services 20 percent with stopping the operation of these services in some lines and stopping these services on Fridays and Saturdays every week, closure of places designated for smoking and not allowing food and drink to be consumed in the aforementioned transport.
- Driving schools continue to be closed.
- Closing cinemas theaters.
- Continuing to allow private educational centers and training centers to provide their services through remote communication programs only.
- Closing nurseries
- Closing public museums and libraries.
- Continuing to allow individual educational sessions to be held in centers designated for people with special needs, while adhering to special requirements set by the Ministry of Public Health.
- Continuing not to allow the training of sports teams, whether indoors or outdoors, with the exception of preparatory training for local and international tournaments approved by the Ministry of Public Health.
- Obtaining prior approval from the Ministry of Public Health to organize local and international sporting events.
- Postponing all conferences, exhibitions and events.
- Continuing with decision to allow capacity of malls to not exceeding 30 percent and not allowing children under 16 years old to enter and closing all prayer rooms and changing rooms in these complexes, with the continued closure of all food courts inside malls and allowing these restaurants to serve delivery and take out.
- Not to allow restaurants and cafes to serve food and drinks in open or closed places and to allow them to offer foods and drinks through take-out and delivery only.
- The continued suspension of the rental services of boats, tourist yachts and pleasure boats, with the exception of rental services for family members residing in the same house, and owners of boats and personal yachts are obligated, in the event that they are used, that other than the family members residing in the same house are not present on board or the presence of 5 people with a maximum of 5 from non-family members, provided that they have completed the doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
- The traditional Souqs continue to operate with a capacity not exceeding 30 percent, and children under 16 years old are not allowed to enter, with these markets being closed on Friday and Saturday of every week.
- The continued operation of wholesale markets with a capacity not exceeding 30 percent, and children under 16 years old are not allowed to enter.
- Closing beauty and hair salons.
- Amusement parks and all entertainment centers continue to be closed.
- The continued closure of health clubs and physical training clubs, the stopping of massage services, saunas, steam rooms, Jacuzzi services, and Moroccan and Turkish baths.
- The continued closure of all swimming pools and water parks.
- Continuing to stop providing medical services in private health facilities, except in emergency cases, and allowing any of these facilities to provide some of their medical services that can be provided through modern means of communication.
- Not to allow cleaning and hospitality companies to provide their services during working hours to the establishments contracting with them, to allow their services to be provided with a full capacity outside the working hours of those establishments, and to allow the provision of their services at home by one person only while adhering to the special requirements set by the Ministry of Public Health in coordination with the Ministry trade and Industry.
In this regard, adherence to health requirements, procedures, precautionary measures and controls determined by the Ministry of Public Health.
The Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Public Health, the Ministry of Trade and Industry and other government agencies, each in its own jurisdiction, shall take the necessary measures in this regard, to ensure compliance with health requirements, procedures, and prescribed precautionary measures.
These decisions will be effective as of Friday, April 9, 2021, until further notice.
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