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MoCI extends working hours for commercial, service activities

Tribune News Network
Doha
The working hours for commercial and service activities in Qatar will be from 7 am to 8 pm (Sunday to Thursday) from Thursday with some exceptions, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoCI) has said.
The steps are being taken within the framework of the preventive and precautionary measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 outbreak.
However, some activities are excluded from the decision which include outlets selling food products, consumer goods, and subsidised supplies (hypermarkets, supermarkets, and groceries), shops selling fruit and vegetables, petrol stations and car services, maintenance companies (electricity, plumbing and electronics services), companies delivering orders through electronic apps, logistics services companies and freight firms operating in ports, airports and customs services, car maintenance workshops affiliated with agencies, pharmacies, companies operating in the hospitality sector, factories, telecommunications companies and bakeries.
Also contracting and engineering companies (allowed to operate in construction sites along with affiliated engineering offices).
“Restaurants, cafeterias and cafes (coffee shops) that are allowed to deliver or hand over orders to customers outside the business place. However, restaurants and cafes located in malls are exempt from this decision and are only allowed to process home delivery orders. These outlets are prohibited from handing over orders to customers, both inside and outside the premises,” said the ministry in a tweet.
In a circular, the MoCI specifies that the earlier decisions on closing retail outlets in malls - with the exception of stores selling food products and pharmacies - and suspending the activities of health clubs, barber shops and beauty salons will continue.
The statement said the decision to close retail outlets in malls, popular markets and shopping centres remains valid, with the exception of outlets selling food products and pharmacies.
All companies and retail outlets must comply with the decisions issued by the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs and the Ministry of Public Health in this regard.
Violators of the decisions will be subjected to legal accountability.
The statement said this decision may be subject to amendments and updates according to the latest developments in this regard.