Reduced gatherings, gyms closed, more precautions from Friday

The Prime Minister and Minister of Interior H E Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani chaired the regular Cabinet meeting this afternoon at its headquarters in the Amiri Diwan.


At the meeting, Cabinet decided to reimpose further measures due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The new decision will be effective from Friday, March 26, 2021, until further notice. The decisions include stopping of gyms, not allowing kids under 12 into malls, reducing capacity in cinemas, museums, indoor restaurants, prevent social gatherings and visits in closed places like homes and Majlis and no more than 5 people in open places and also continuing with most of the other measures in force. After reviewing the report of the Supreme Committee for Crisis Management regarding the plan to re-impose restrictions due to the Covid-19 In the interest of the health and safety of all members of society, cabinet decided the following: First: 1- Continuing with the Cabinet decision, which requires that, depending on the need for work, no more than 80 percent of the total number of employees in the government sector working at their workplace, while the remaining number of employees work remotely from their homes or upon request, depending on the circumstances. 2 - Continuing the Cabinet decision, which requires that, depending on the need for work, no more than 80 percent of the total number of employees in the private sector working at their workplace, while the remaining number of them work remotely from their homes. 3 - For employees and workers in the government and private sectors to allow meetings to be held with the attendance of no more than 5 persons, and to adhere to procedures and precautionary measures. 4- All citizens and residents to continue wearing masks when leaving the house for any reason , unless the person is alone while driving the vehicle. 5 - All citizens and residents continue to activate EHTERAZ application on smartphones when leaving the house for any reason. 6 - Continuing the opening of Mosques for daily prayers and Friday prayers, while toilets and ablution facilities remain closed. 7 – Prevent social gatherings and visits in closed places like homes and Majlis and no more than 5 people in open places. 8 - Presence of family members residing in the same house only in winter camps. 9 - Not to hold weddings in closed and open spaces until further notice. 10 - Closure of playgrounds and exercise equipment in public parks, beaches and the corniche, with gatherings being restricted to family members residing in the same house or two people maximum. 11 - Continue with the decision of no more than four people allowed in a vehicle, including the driver of the vehicle, with the exception of families when leaving and moving in vehicles. 12- Continuation of what was decided to reduce the number of people who are transported by buses to half the bus capacity, while taking precautions and precautionary measures. 13 - Continuing to operate metro services and public transport with a capacity not exceeding 30% and to reduce the capacity on these services to 20% on Fridays and Saturdays taking into account closure of places designated for smoking and not allowing food and drink to be consumed in other ways. 14- Driving schools closed until further notice. 15- Continuing the work of cinemas and theaters with a capacity not exceeding 20% and not allowing entry to persons under 18 years old and not organize theatrical performances except after obtaining the approval of the Ministry of Public Health. 16 - Allowing private educational centers and training centers to provide services online only. 17- Continuing the work of nurseries and childcare facilities with a capacity not exceeding 30%. 18- Reducing the capacity of public museums and libraries to 30%. 19- Continuing to allow individual educational sessions to be held in centers designated for people with special needs. 20- Not to allow the training of sports teams, whether in closed or open spaces, with the exception of preparatory training for local and international tournaments approved for teams within the bubble system. 21- Obtaining prior approval from the Ministry of Public Health to organize local and international sporting events. 22- Obtaining prior approval from the Ministry of Public Health to hold exhibitions, conferences and various events. 23- Reducing the capacity of commercial complexes to 30% and children under 12 years old are not allowed to enter. Closing all prayer areas in these complexes, with the closure of all food courts inside the commercial complexes and allowing these restaurants to make external orders or deliver them inside the restaurant only. 24 - Continuing to allow restaurants and cafes to serve food and drinks as per the following rules: A- Capacity not exceeding 15% for all indoor restaurants and cafes. B - A capacity that does not exceed 50% for restaurants and cafes that have a "Clean Qatar" program certificate and capacity that does not exceed 30% for the rest of the restaurants and cafes in open spaces. 25 - The continued suspension of 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 only by family members residing in the same house. 26- Reducing the capacity of traditional markets to 30% and not allowing children under 12 years old to enter. 27- Continuing the functioning of wholesale markets with a capacity not exceeding 30% and children under 12 years are not allowed to enter. 28- Continuing the work of beauty and hair salons with a capacity not exceeding 30%. 29- Closure of amusement parks and all entertainment centers until further notice. 30- Closing gyms and physical training clubs, stopping massage services, saunas, steam rooms, Jacuzzi services, and Moroccan and Turkish baths until further notice, with the exception of using gyms in hotels for guests. 31- Close all swimming pools and water parks until further notice. 32- Reducing the capacity of private health care facilities to 70%. 33- Reducing the operational capacity of the services provided by cleaning and hospitality companies during the working hours of the establishments contracted with them to 30%, and allowing the provision of their services with a full capacity outside the working hours of those facilities, and allowing the provision of their services at home by one person only. Second: In this regard, adherence to health requirements, procedures, precautionary measures and controls determined by the Ministry of Public Health. Third: The Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Public Health, the Ministry of Trade 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. Fourth: These decisions shall be effective as of Friday, 3/26/2021, until further notice.

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