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Qatar to go ahead with Phase II of lifting COVID-19 curbs from July 1

Qatar to go ahead with Phase II of lifting COVID-19 curbs from July 1

Tribune News Network
Doha
The Supreme Committee for Crisis Management has decided to go ahead with the Phase II of gradual lifting of COVID-19 restrictions on July 1 as per the plan.
“Based on the available public health data and COVID-19 spread indicators, including passing the peak, flattening the curve, and reducing the virus’ reproduction rate, it has been decided to launch phase 2 of the gradual reopening plan on July 1 as initially planned,” the committee said in a statement.
The Phase II will see continuation of restricted opening of mosques for all five prayers with limited capacity as well as the implementation of precautionary requirements. Public and private gatherings limited to five people only will be allowed, and violators will be subject to the relevant penalties.
The number has been reduced from 10 to 5 people following the discovery of numerous cases among Qatari nationals due to majlis gatherings and family visits, and among white-collar expats due to uncontrolled contact with no precautionary measures.
Maximum 50 percent of public and private sector employees will be allowed at the workplaces as needed, provided that employers meet hygienic requirements, implement precautionary measures, and continue to protect vulnerable employees by allowing them to work remotely.
Families will be allowed to rent boats and yachts in groups not exceeding 10 people.
All parks and beaches as well as the corniche will be reopened for people of all ages while continuing to practice social distancing. Play areas will remain closed.
Sports training in open spaces and large halls will be permitted for professional athletes in groups not exceeding 10 people.
The capacity of private health facilities will be increased to 60 percent while continuing to provide emergency services.
Restaurants will be allowed to reopen with limited capacity and the Ministry of Commerce and Industry will issue a comprehensive statement on the matter.
Libraries and museums will reopen with limited capacity and limited working hours.
“The transition from one phase to the next depends on everyone’s cooperation and adherence to the precautionary measures outlined by the Council of Ministers including wearing masks when going outside, downloading the Ehteraz application, and practicing social distancing.