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Qatar makes wearing face masks compulsory while leaving house, tough penalties for non-compliance

Qatar government has made wearing facemasks compulsory for all citizens and residents upon leaving house for any reason, after a cabinet meeting yesterday, as the country experiences a spike in COVID-19 cases.

Prime Minister and Minister of Interior H E Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani chaired the Cabinet regular meeting, held yesterday evening via video conference.

After the meeting, Minister of Justice and Acting Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs H E Dr. Issa bin Saad Al Jafali Al Nuaimi stated the following: At the beginning of the meeting, the Cabinet listened to the explanation presented by HE the Minister of Public Health on the latest developments to reduce the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), where the Cabinet affirmed the continuation of the precautionary measures taken to combat this pandemic, and decided the following:

1- To compel all citizens and residents upon leaving house for any reason to wear masks, except in the case when a person is alone while driving a vehicle, and the Ministry of Interior takes the necessary measures in this regard.

2- In case of non-compliance with this decision, the penalties stipulated in Decree Law No. (17) of 1990 regarding the prevention of infectious diseases shall be applied to violator by imprisonment for a period not exceeding three years and a fine not exceeding QR (200,000) two hundred thousand , or one of these two penalties.

Qatar reported 1390 new cases on Wednesday with total cases at 26,539 and 14 deaths.

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