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Limit time spent at the shopping malls, warns Health Ministry

11 December 2020

The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has urged the public to limit the time spent at shopping malls as a precaution against Covid-19 pandemic.

In a fresh social media campaign, the MOPH reminded the public of the precautionary measures to be followed at shopping malls.

At present, shopping malls have a 50 percent capacity limit with food courts permitted a 30 percent occupancy, allowing maximum of 5 persons per table. The leisure centres and children play area continue to remain closed.

A minimum safe distance of 1.5mts should be maintained from one another all the time. Also, the time spent within the malls should be limited, the Ministry said in one of its recent posts.

Hand hygiene needs to be followed and wearing masks is mandatory during visit to the malls.

For entry into the mall, wearing a mask, a green Ehteraz status and body temperature below 38 Celsius are mandatory.

The public has been reminded of the precautionary measures to be followed to limit the risk of Covid-19 during social gatherings. The gatherings are limited to a maximum of 15 people indoors and 30 people outdoors. Physical contact between individuals is not allowed including hugging, handshakes, or kissing.

Health authorities have been continuously warning the public to follow all precautionary measures like wearing a face mask, following social distancing and restricting people number in vehicles, in order to fight the Covid-19 pandemic from spreading.

In its daily Covid-19 update, the ministry said that the measures taken to tackle Covid-19 in Qatar have been so far successful as it has helped flatten the curve and limited the spread of virus and number of new cases per day, including hospital admissions, which continue to reduce every week.

Robin Vinod

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

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