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Office capacities reduced to 50% as Qatar reimposes more restrictions amid rising COVID-19 cases

  • Apr 07, 2021
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Qatar's Cabinet on Wednesday reduced metro and public bus capacities to 20 percent, halted all dine-in services and suspended the operations of salons at it approved another round of restrictions amid increasing COVID-19 cases in Qatar.
The Cabinet meeting, chaired by Prime Minister and Minister of Interior HE Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani, give its approval to the new measures that will come into effect from Friday.
As per the decisions, all government and private office capacities are reduced to 50 percent, with the rest joining work remotely.
All conferences, exhibitions and events are postponed.
All meetings have to be held remotely and if that is not possible, it should be held with not more than five persons.
Mosques will continue to conduct daily and Friday prayers. However, the Tarawih prayers in Ramadan are to be performed in homes and children under 12 years old are not allowed to enter mosques. Toilets and ablution facilities will also remain shut.

While indoor gatherings are banned and outdoor assemblies should not have more than five people.

Gathering or sitting in public parks, beaches and the Corniche are prohibited but individual activities such as walking, sprinting and cycling are allowed. Playgrounds and sports equipment in those places cannot be used by the public.
The capacity of Doha Metro and other public transport services are reduced to 20 percent on weekdays and will not be available on certain routes. They will not operate on Fridays and Saturdays as well. 
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 family members residing in the same house.
Souqs and markets will continue to operate at 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 30 percent. Children under 16 years old are not allowed to enter.
Amusement parks and all entertainment centres will also remain closed.
Health clubs and physical training clubs, massage services, saunas, steam rooms, jacuzzi services, and Moroccan and Turkish baths will remain closed. All swimming pools and water parks, too, will remain shut.
The Cabinet has also decided to continue with the decision to stop providing non-urgent medical services in private health facilities. Private health facilities, however, are allowed to provide some of their medical services that can be provided through modern means of communication.
Cleaning and hospitality companies are required to stop provide their services during working hours to the establishments contracting with them. They are allowed to provide their services with a full capacity outside the working hours of those establishments.
The Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Public Health, the Ministry of Commerce 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.