The Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoCI) has explained the restrictions that have been re-imposed to safeguard the health and safety of Qatar’s citizens and residents, in line with the latest developments regarding Covid-19.
These include not allowing children under 16 years entry into malls, no dine-in at restaurants and cafes, postponing all exhibitions and events, closure of beauty salons and barbershops, closure of cinemas and theatres, among others.
"In line with the latest developments and to complement previous decisions taken by the State to preserve the health and safety of citizens and residents and limit the spread of the coronavirus, some restrictions have been re-imposed to safeguard the health and wellbeing of all society members," the MoCI said in a statement on social media Wednesday following the Cabinet's decisions in this regard.
These restrictions, which come into effect tomorrow, are as follows:
* Allowing commercial malls to continue working at 30% of their capacity. Entry to children under 16 years is prohibited. Shutting all restaurants, cafes and food courts, while allowing delivery and pick-up of orders only; prayer rooms, toilets and fitting rooms to be kept closed.
* Closing all restaurants and cafes and prohibiting the serving of food or the seating of customers on their premises, while allowing external order pick-ups and delivery only.
* Allowing work in popular markets to continue at 30% of their capacity. The markets must markets close on Fridays and Saturdays, and entry to children under the age of 16 years is prohibited.
* Closing all beauty salons and barbershops and stopping all their activities, barring home services provided by some men's and women's beauty salons.
* Maintaining the closure of gymnasiums, health clubs and spas, and prohibiting the provision of sauna, steam, jacuzzi, massage and Moroccan and Turkish bath services.
* Maintaining the closure of all indoor and outdoor water activities, swimming pools and water parks.
* Maintaining the closure of game parks, entertainment centres and amusement parks.
* Closing theatres and cinemas until further notice.
* Postponing all exhibitions, conferences and events until further notice.
The MoCI has stressed the need for all administrators and staff across all commercial activities to adhere to health and safety measures. Any violation of this decision exposes the perpetrators to legal accountability and procedures.
The above decision is subject to amendment and updates according to developments in this regard. Accordingly, the MoCI has called on all citizens and residents to obtain information from reliable sources, and to follow the ministry's official pages to see the latest news and developments.