Phase 4 of the gradual lifting of COVID-19 restrictions in Qatar will be divided into two stages, the first of which will commence on September 1 and the next one in the third week of September. Here is the summary of Phase 4 Reopening Guidelines for Qatar.
This plan was announced in a statement issued by the Supreme Committee for Crisis Management through the Government Communications Office.
Reopening Guidelines For Qatar During the First Stage of Phase 4
Reopening of all mosques in the country to perform daily and Friday prayers, provided that precautionary measures are followed. Toilets and ablution facilities remain closed.
Continuing to follow the Council of Ministers’ decision, which limits the capacity in workplaces to a maximum of 80% of employees in both the public and private sectors.
Allowing gatherings of a maximum of 15 people indoors and 30 people outdoors.
Allowing weddings with a maximum of 40 people indoors and 80 people outdoors, provided that precautionary measures are followed, including activating the Ehteraz application, maintaining a distance of two meters between tables with a maximum of 5 people per table, and avoiding handshakes and kisses while greeting. Individuals holding parties at home as well as managers of wedding venues are required to keep records of the contact information of all invitees.
Opening of cinemas and theatres with a capacity of 15%, provided that precautionary measures are followed and that only people who are 18 years and above are allowed entry.
Playgrounds and leisure centres remain closed.
Allowing local exhibitions with a capacity of 30%, according to the procedures which will be announced by the National Tourism Council.
Resuming metro and public transport services with a capacity of 30% according to the procedures which will be announced by the Ministry of Transport and Communications.
Continuing to allow personal boats and yacht rentals with a capacity of 30%, including boat workers.
Continuing to follow Qatar’s travel policy. The Ministry of Public Health will continue to update the list of low-risk countries periodically.
Continuing the operation of driving schools with a capacity of 50%.
Continuing the suspension of summer camps as well as the use of sports equipment in public parks.
Allowing audiences to attend sporting events with a capacity of 20% indoors and 30% outdoors, according to procedures which will be announced by the relevant authorities.
Allowing private health clinics to resume work in full capacity.
Continuing normal working hours at shopping malls while keeping capacity to 50%, and opening food courts in malls with a capacity of 30%. Allowing children to enter malls.
Allowing the increase in restaurants capacity starting with 30%, according to the procedures which will be set by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
Allowing souks to operate with a 75% capacity and raising the capacity at wholesale markets to 50%.
Allowing museums and public libraries to operate in full capacity and normal hours provided that all precautionary measures are followed.
Continuing the work of health clubs, gyms and public swimming pools at half capacity (50%) and allowing massage and sauna services at a capacity of 30% in approved facilities, as well as opening indoor swimming pools at a capacity of 30%.
Continuing the suspension of home beauty, barber, massage and fitness training services.
Continuing the work of private education and training centers at a capacity of 50%.
Resuming cleaning and hospitality services in workplaces at a capacity of 30% as well as allowing the resumption of these services at homes.
Precautionary measures to be taken by all
The Supreme Committee for Crisis Management has emphasised that the evaluation of lifting further measures depends on the co-operation of all and the commitment to following precautionary measures, including:
- Adherence to physical distancing.
- Avoid close contact with others, crowded places and confined closed spaces where other people congregate.
- Wearing a face mask.
- Washing hands regularly.
- Most importantly, it is vital that we continue to protect the elderly and those with chronic medical conditions.
- When spending time at home with elderly family members or those with chronic diseases, ensure you wash hands regularly, wear a mask and maintain social and physical distancing.
- Anyone suffering from COVID-19 symptoms should either contact 16000 helpline or go directly to one of the designated health centres to undergo the necessary checks.
- Visit the MOPH website for regular updates and new information.