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Cabinet allows more people in vehicles; revises private sector working hours

HE Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al-Thani


* Cabinet revises work hours for private sector

* Eases restrictions on sports activities

* Decisions come into effect on Thursday

The Cabinet has decided to increase the maximum number of people allowed in a vehicle from two to four, including the driver, with families being exempted.

It has also amended its decision on determining the work hours for private sector employees present at their place of work. The revised timings are from 7am to 8pm.

Further, the Cabinet amended its decision regarding sports activities, removing the condition for such activities to take place near a person's home. Also, there is no need to wear masks.

However, the Cabinet affirmed the importance of taking the necessary precautionary measures while engaging in sporting activities, such as avoiding crowding and leaving a safe distance of 3m.

As for people being transported on buses, the Cabinet agreed to continue working with the current decision of ensuring that a maximum of half a vehicle's capacity is used, while taking all the necessary precautionary measures.

These decisions are applicable from Thursday.

The decisions were taken at the Cabinet's regular meeting on Wednesday, chairee by HE the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz al-Thani through video conference.

HE the Minister of Justice and Acting Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Dr Issa bin Saad al-Jafali al-Nuaimi later gave the details of the proceedings.

The Cabinet was briefed by HE the Minister of Public Health on the latest developments in the efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19. It then affirmed the continuation of the precautionary measures taken to combat the pandemic and took the above-mentioned decisions.

Source: The Gulf Times


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