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Face mask now mandatory in Qatar from 17th May

14 May 2020

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Qatar has now made it compulsory to wear facemasks for all citizens and residents when leaving their house for any reason.

The decision was taken in a regular cabinet meet yesterday, chaired by the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, HE Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani.

Following the meeting, the Minister of Justice and Acting Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs, HE Dr. Issa bin Saad Al Jafali Al Nuaimi stated that the Cabinet agreed on the continuation of precautionary measures taken to combat the coronavirus pandemic, and arrived at the following decisions:

1.     All citizens and residents leaving the house for whatsoever reason, will have to wear face mask, except if a person is alone when driving a vehicle, and the Interior Ministry takes the necessary measures in this regard.

2.     In case of any violation of this decision, the penalties stipulated in the Decree Law No.17 of 1990 regarding prevention of infectious diseases will be applied to violator by imprisonment for a period not exceeding three years and a fine not exceeding QR200,000 or one of these two penalties.

3.     This decision will get effective from 17th May, Sunday, until further notice.

Robin Vinod

Writer/blogger who writes on topics such as travel, real estate, employment and everyday life on GCC countries.

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