WATCH: Restaurants in several tourist areas can resume their operations from July 1
Her Excellency Lolwah bint Rashid Al-Khater, Spokesperson for the Supreme Committee for Crisis Management, announced Qatar’s plans to ease coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions in four phases on June 8, 2020.
Based on the available public health data and COVID-19 spread indicators, including passing the peak, flattening the curve, and reducing the spread of the virus, the Supreme Committee for Crisis Management has decided to launch phase 2 of the gradual reopening plan on July 1, 2020, as initially planned.
The Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MOCI) announces the second stage of the gradual lifting of restrictions on restaurants located in tourist areas.
This decision goes into effect on Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Restaurants can resume their operations in the following tourist areas:
- Souq Waqif
- Souq Al Wakrah
- The Pearl-Qatar
- Katara Cultural Village
- Restaurants and kiosks in sports clubs
- Qatar Museums
- Al Hazm
The restaurants in tourist areas must adhere to the precautionary and preventive measures outlined by the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) and the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs (MADLSA), and comply with the following guidelines:
- Requiring customers to pre-book before coming to the restaurant
- Allowing diners into the restaurant only after checking the color code identifying the individual's health condition on the Ehteraz app. Only green code holders are allowed in.
- Open buffet service is completely prohibited. Only pre-defined menus are to be served.
- Serving shisha is prohibited
- Barring people not wearing a medical mask
- Checking the body temperature of diners at the entrance and barring any customer whose temperature is above 38 degrees Celsius.
- Providing hand sanitizers across restaurant facilities.
- Placing safe distance stickers on restaurant floors.
- Redistributing the furniture, leaving no less than two meters between each table.
- Allowing a maximum of five people to sit at each table.
- Reducing the restaurant's capacity to 50% of the maximum number of diners.
- Encouraging customers to pay using credit cards rather than cash.
- Reducing the number of parking spaces available to customers to 50%.
- Barring smoking at the restaurant entrances, and removing all containers designated for cigarette waste.
- Gathering of diners or limousine and taxi drivers at the entrance to the outlet should be prohibited.
- Continuously measure the body temperature of the restaurant's staff, isolate employees who exhibit symptoms, and inform concerned authorities to take the necessary precautions and health measures in this regard.
- Continuously sterilize all the restaurant's facilities, including administrative offices, warehouses, employee housing, and affiliated transportation facilities.
Restaurants and kiosks in sports clubs can resume their business by delivering orders or submitting them only, and not allowing customers to sit or be present within the facility.
Restaurants, cafeterias, and cafes (coffee shops) in malls, shopping centers, and other non-designated tourist areas, are allowed for delivery and takeaways only to the customers outside their activity site.
Any violation of the decision will subject perpetrators to legal accountability and procedures.
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