A series of decisions was made during the meeting of the Supreme Committee for Crisis Management
By: Trish Lentejas
A series of decisions was made during the meeting of the Supreme Committee for Crisis Management which was headed by The Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani.
Among them were decisions on education, transportation, economy, and finance.
1. Public transportation will be suspended from 10 PM tonight. This includes Karwa buses and Metro Rail.
2. All inbound flights to Doha will also be suspended for 14 days starting this Wednesday, 18 March. After 14 days, the situation will be assessed and further decisions will be taken accordingly. This is with the exception of transit and cargo flights, and Qatari nationals outside the country.
3. Public school students will begin distance learning from Sunday, 22 March 2020, and students from grades one to eleven will be under continuous evaluation system. As for the twelfth grade students, they shall take high school exams on time and at the exams headquarters which are to be announced later. Private school and university students shall start studying remotely according to the academic calendar and the evaluation systems approved for them.
4. Economic and Financial Incentives:
a. 75 billion Qatari riyals will be injected to the private sector.
b. 10 billion Qatari riyals will be injected to the stock exchange.
c. Qatar Development Bank to postpone the installments of all borrowers for six months.
d. Central Bank to provide additional liquidity to banks operating in the country.
e. Exempting food and medical goods from customs duties for a period of six months, provided that this is reflected in the selling price to the consumer.
5. The following sectors are exempted from electricity and water fees for 6 months: hospitality and tourism sector, retail sector, small and medium industries sector, commercial complexes in exchange for providing services and exemptions to tenants and logistics areas.
6. Employees over the age of 55, pregnant women, and people suffering from chronic diseases like heart/kidney disease, diabetes, and stress, are allowed to work remotely.