Coronavirus Health Qatar

Qatar set to impose restrictions due to COVID19 increased cases; Mosques open, but Tharaweeh prayers at home

Qatar cabinet has decided to impose restrictions due to increase in COVID-19 cases in the country.

The Cabinet meeting, chaired by Prime Minister and Minister of Interior HE Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani, gave its approval to the new measures that will come into effect on Friday. Among the decisions were:

-Banning social gatherings in closed spaces, while 5 vaccinated persons are allowed to be in the open places.

-Decreasing employees at private sector to 50%, while the remaining percentage to work from home or upon request, as Commerce and Industry Ministry shall collaborate with the relevant parties.

-Keep opening mosques for performing daily and Fridays prayers, while Taraweeh prayers to be performed at home during month of Ramadan, in addition to banning children under 12 years to go mosques.

-Banning cafés and restaurants from providing services in open or closed places, while allowing delivery service.

– Closing of recreational parks, suspension of conferences, exhibitions, and events.

– Keeping capacity of persons using buses to half and taking required precautions.

-The capacity of Doha Metro and other public transport services are reduced to 20 percent on weekdays and stop certain routes or lines. They will not operate on Fridays and Saturdays.
Driving schools, theatres and cinemas will remain closed.

– Private educational centres and training centres are to provide their services through remote communication programmes only. Nurseries will remain closed along with public museums and libraries.

-Individual educational sessions can be held in centres designated for people with special needs, while adhering to special requirements set by the Ministry of Public Health.

-The Cabinet has also decided to suspend 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.

– Souqs and popular markets will continue to operate at a maximum capacity of 30 percent and they will remain closed on Fridays and Saturdays. Children under 16 years old are not allowed to enter.

-Wholesale markets will continue to operate at maximum capacity of 30 percent. Children under 16 years old are not allowed to enter.
All beauty and hair salons will remain closed.
Amusement parks and all entertainment centres will also remain closed.

Qatar’s Ministry of Public Health reported 940 confirmed cases of COVID19 today:

  • 818 cases are registered among community individuals.
  • 123 cases among passengers recently arrived to Qatar.
  • 527 recoveries.
  • 8 death cases.
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