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Qatar permits 50 percent staff in public & private offices from 1st July

25 June 2020

Nearly 50 percent of the staff belonging to government and private sectors are allowed to work from their offices from 1st July, the Qatar Cabinet decided, which forms part of the measures taken to gradually lift restrictions imposed to stop the spread of COVID-19.

The rest of the employees can continue to work from their home remotely, or when requested as appropriate.

The regular Cabinet meeting which was held in Qatar yesterday began with a presentation by HE the Minister of Public Health about the latest developments in reducing the spread of coronavirus. The Cabinet emphasized on continuing with the implementation of precautionary measures to combat the spread of the pandemic.

As per the framework of the plan, it was decided to gradually lift the imposed restrictions to stop the spread of the virus. Therefore, the Cabinet decided on the following:

Not more than 50 percent of the total number of employees in an organization can work together. Rest of them can work from their homes or remotely, or when requested.

The cabinet decided to amend its decision to reduce the number of workers in a workplace in private sector, such that not more than 50 percent of total workforce remains in the offices. The rest can work remotely.

The decision regarding suspension of medical services in health facilities will be amended. The services will be provided within 60 percent of the capacity of private health care facilities, while also continuing to provide emergency services.

However, when implementing this decision, the following should be taken into account:

  • Continued implementation of the earlier exceptions as decided by the Cabinet in this regard.
  • The health requirements, precautionary measures, procedures and controls determined by the Ministry of Public Health needs to be adhered.
  • The competent authorities in each jurisdiction should take necessary measures in this regard.
  • This decision will get effective starting 1st July 2020 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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