Qatar’s Cabinet gave its approval to bring back some of the more stringent COVID-19 restrictions as new cases continue to soar in Qatar.
Qatar , Qatar
27 March 2021, 12:00 AM
10 April 2021, 12:00 AM
Qatar is witnessing a new wave of coronavirus infection, said Dr Abdullatif Al Khal, chair of the National Health Strategic Group on COVID-19 and head of Infectious Diseases at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC).
On Wednesday, Qatar’s Cabinet gave its approval to bring back some of the more stringent COVID-19 restrictions. The new restrictions will come into effect on Friday (March 26).
"We are now seeing over 500 new cases every day and it is likely this number to increase over the next 10 to 14 days," Dr Khal noted.
He attributed the spike in new infections to new strains, family visits and failure to follow precautionary measures.
Here are some of the curbs, the cabinet has announced:
Doha Metro and public transport vehicles will operate at 30 percent capacity on weekdays and at 20 percent capacity on Fridays and Saturdays. Designated smoking areas in station will remain shut, and food and drink are not allowed in public transport vehicles.
Restaurants and cafes with “Clear Qatar” certificate can operate at 50 percent capacity and those without it at 15 percent capacity. Outdoor eateries can operate at 30 percent capacity.
Indoor gatherings in homes and majilis are prohibited; outdoor assemblies restricted to five persons
While family members residing in the same house can be together in winter camps, weddings in closed and open spaces are banned until further notice.
Beaches and parks
Only a maximum of two persons or family members residing in the same house can gather in beaches, public parks and Doha Corniche (including in playgrounds and around exercise equipment)
While mosques will continue to perform daily duties and Friday prayers, toilets and ablution facilities will remain shut
Capacity of private healthcare facilities reduced to 70 percent. Operational capacity of the services provided by cleaning and hospitality companies during the working hours of the establishments contracted with them limited to 30 percent capacity.