Qatar has announced tighter COVID-19-related restrictions amidst a rising number of cases in the last few weeks. Restrictions to take effect starting from tomorrow.
Qatar , Qatar
10 April 2021, 12:00 AM
30 April 2021, 12:00 AM
Qatar has announced new restrictions including the closure of cinemas and curtailing public transport capacity to curb a spike in coronavirus infection cases in the country.
The measures, announced in a cabinet statement on Wednesday, will come into effect on Friday as the country battles a surge in new COVID-19 infections.
The government said that mosques will remain open for the daily and weekly group prayers, but the voluntary tarawih prayer associated with the holy month of Ramadan will be performed at home.
Children under 12 years will not be allowed into mosques as part of the health precautions.
In addition to keeping gyms, swimming pools, water parks and spas shut, the new guidelines have now ordered the closure of museums, cinemas, libraries and nurseries.
Cafes and restaurants will no longer be allowed to serve food indoors or in open-air spaces.
Public gatherings at parks and beaches will be banned. Individual sports activities such as running and cycling will be permitted.
Social gatherings will not be allowed at homes or other closed spaces. Up to five vaccinated people will be permitted to meet in open spaces.
Boat and yacht services will be suspended as capacity of public transport will be reduced to reach 20 per cent of their normal capacity with a weekly halt of the service on Fridays and Saturdays.