Industrial Area reopened but entry, exit regulated
Entry to and exit from streets under lockdown in Industrial Area is permitted again from Wednesday but with strict conditions, the Government Communication Office has said.
Streets up to 32 were under lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus. The lockdown was set to be lifted in phases, with first phase seeing Streets 1, 2 and Al Wakalat being opened.
As per the latest decision, entry and exit to Industrial Area will be allowed only for the following groups — employers and employees who work in the area but live outside and residents who live in the area but work outside.
The relaxation will let work and supply chain operations within the region and outside return to normality, while making sure that the community is not at risk of infections.
In addition, companies operating in the area will be allowed to transport materials and equipment by submitting an application to the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs in advance. This will be detailed in the Permanent Committee for Industrial Area Affairs’ procedures guide, established by Ministerial Decision number 29 of 2016, to explain all temporary procedures that must be followed in the coming period.
Employers will be required to make sure that all workers download the Ehteraz application and provide all that is necessary for the application to work effectively, as exit from and entry to the Industrial Area will be conditional on downloading the application and the above-mentioned permit. Inspections will be intensified to make sure all laws and procedures are implemented, such as providing adequate accommodation, reduction of buses to half capacity, providing sanitisers and masks, and making sure all workers are using them properly as per the instructions of the Ministry of Public Health.
The State of Qatar affirms that it continues to take all necessary measures required at the current stage to protect the safety of the society and limit the spread of COVID-19.
Source: Qatar Tribune