Qatar’s Ministry of Commerce and Industry revealed details of the second phase of gradual lifting of restrictions imposed on shopping centres, malls, restaurants, street markets, which gets effective on 1st July 2020.
The Ministry affirmed that this measure is in line with previous decisions and measures adopted by Qatar to preserve the health and safety of nationals and residents and to limit the spread of the virus.
Beginning 1st July, the Ministry said that all commercial activities will be allowed to resume in malls and commercial centres, while amusement parks, gaming centres, prayer rooms, skateboard arenas and cinemas will remain closed. Restaurants operating within the malls and commercial centres will be allowed to home deliver parcels or handover orders at the restaurant only.
Any artistic, cultural or recreational activities within the malls and commercial centres are not permitted. All commercial outlets are allowed to resume operations in the following street markets - The Gold Souq, Al Gharafa Market, Souq Al Ali, Souq Waqif, Souq Al Wakrah, Thursday & Friday Market, and Al Sailiya Central Market.
Preventive measures for malls, commercial outlets:
The measures outlined by the Public Health Ministry and the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs include the following:
Allowing shoppers into premises only after checking the colour code – only green code holders on the Ehteraz app will be allowed entry.
Shoppers who do not wear a mask will not be allowed entry
Body temperature of workers and visitors will be checked upon arrival at the mall and individuals with temperature higher than 38 degree Celsius will not be allowed entry.
Hand sanitizers should be provided, safe distance to be maintained, and the malls are now allowed to receive more than 50 percent of the mall’s regular capacity. The parking spaces too will be reduced by 50 percent.
Smoking is barred at the mall entrances, and gathering of visitors and taxi drivers is prevented at the entrance to malls.
The temperature of employees should be checked regularly and those exhibiting symptoms should be isolated and concerned authorities should be informed.
Stores need to follow decision regarding remote work for employees over age of 60years, pregnant women and those with chronic diseases.
Commercial stores should receive customers only with not less than 9 square metres per person.
Customers are encouraged to pay by bank cards.
All facilities need to be sterilized, and all facilities of commercial store including warehouses, administrative offices, employee housing and transportation should be sterilized.
Preventive guidelines for restaurants
As for restaurants, the Ministry said that they will be allowed to resume operations from 1st July in Souq Waqif, the Pearl, Al Wakra Old Souq, Katara Cultural Village, restaurants and kiosks in tourist area, sports clubs, Qatar Museums, Msheireb Downtown Doha, and Al-Hazim.
Clients visiting the restaurants are required to pre-book before entering the restaurant.
Diners will be allowed only if the colour code on the Ehteraz app is green.
Diners are required to wear masks, and their body temperature will be measured at the entrance. Any customer with a temperature over 38 degree Celsius will not be allowed entry.
Open buffet service and serving shisha are prohibited.
Restaurants have to mandatorily provide hand sanitizers across the facilities, and place safe distance stickers at each floor.
Seating should be reorganized leaving no less than two metres between each table. Maximum of five people are allowed to sit at each table (except for a single family).
Restaurant capacity are limited to 50 percent of the maximum number of diners.
Customers are encouraged to make card payments rather than cash.
Note: The Ministry pointed out that this decision is subject to amendment based on developments, and any violation will lead to legal procedures and accountability. The Ministry also emphasized that the success of each stage of the comprehensive plan on gradual lifting of restrictions is dependent on the commitment of the individuals to abide by the preventive and precautionary measures.