The Council of Ministers in Qatar have made it mandatory for people over the age of six years to wear masks in closed public areas to stop the spread of coronavirus.
The Ministry of Public Health in Qatar has urged people to adhere to Covid19 protocols introduced on 7th July.
This new announcement by the ministry reverses its decision made on 18th May to scrap the mask rule in indoor public spaces, except in healthcare centres and on public transport.
The rule will be introduced once again in all public spaces including worksites, public transport, healthcare centres, mosques, gymnasiums, shops, shopping centres and cinema halls.
Early this week, Qatar registered 500 fresh cases of Covid-19, making the total active cases as 5045. An average of 637 recoveries have been recovered daily in the past seven days.
The Ministry has emphasized the need for people to be vaccinated against the infection, and said that over 1.7 million people in Qatar have already received the booster shot.
The ministry said that a fourth shot is now available for people over the age of 50, and for patients who are suffering from chronic diseases that increased the risk of severe complications from Covid19.
Qatar’s Cabinet eased Covid19 restrictions at a time when the daily infection rate was dipping.
However, people need not wear mask during outdoor activities, except when visiting public events, exhibitions and markets.