Qatar eases Covid-19 restrictions; masks no longer required in malls
In accordance with the plan to gradually lift restrictions on Covid-19, the Cabinet announced on Wednesday, March 30, that masks are not required in malls, except when inside a shop. All of the changes will be effective as of April 2 and will last until further notice.
HE the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz al-Thani presided over the meeting at the Amiri Diwan. HE Mohamed bin Abdullah al-Sulaiti, Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs, released a statement detailing the meeting's proceedings.
HE Minister of Public Health, Dr Hanan Al-Kuwari, informed the Cabinet of the latest developments regarding the measures taken to stop the spread of Covid-19. Following its review of the Supreme Committee's report regarding the plan to ease Covid-19 restrictions, it determined:
Cabinet meeting, Wednesday Mar. 30. pic.twitter.com/GcAkuRWsNe— Qatar News Agency (@QNAEnglish) March 30, 2022
Entry to closed public places
Residents, visitors and citizens who have already completed their Covid-19 vaccination, people recovering from the disease and people who cannot take the vaccine based on an official medical report from the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH).
Citizens, residents and visitors who have not completed their vaccination can enter indoor public places such as physical training clubs; sports events; conferences; and exhibitions and events, after undergoing a rapid antigen test approved by the MoPH, at a rate not exceeding 20% of the capacity.
Only applicable if the rapid antigen test is conducted 24 hours before entering the public places.
Conferences & Exhibitions
Continuing to adhere to the requirements set by the Ministry of Public Health for holding any conference, exhibition or event.
The continuation of all employees in the government sector to carry out their work from the office and allowing all employees in the private sector to work from the office.
Continuing to oblige all employees and workers in the public and private sectors to undergo a rapid antigen test approved by the MoPH, on a weekly basis, for employees and workers who have not received any dose or completed their Covid-19 vaccination. Employees and workers who have completed the doses, those recovering from the disease and people whose health condition prevents them from taking the vaccine, are exempted from conducting this examination based on a medical report from the authorities determined by the MoPH.
Obligating all citizens, residents and visitors to wear masks in all closed public places, except for malls, unless they are inside shops, and not obligating them to wear masks in open public places.
All workers in facilities, whose nature of work requires being in open spaces and communicating with customers, must wear masks during their work period.
Continuing to obligate all citizens, residents and visitors to activate the Ehteraz application on smartphones when leaving the house for any reason.
Continuing to allow the holding of wedding parties.
The QNA report states that compliance with health requirements, procedures, precautionary measures, and controls determined by the Ministry of Public Health shall be taken into consideration.
The Ministry of Interior, MoPH, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, as well as other government agencies within their jurisdiction will ensure compliance with regulations, procedures, precautions, and established controls in this regard.
All of these decisions will be effective as of April 2 and will last until further notice.
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