New COVID-19 precautionary measures to take effect starting Saturday, 8 Jan 2022



In a regular meeting of the Council held in Amiri Diwan headquarter today, 5th January 2022 chaired by His Excellency Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, and upon the recommendation of His Excellency Mr. Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Sulaiti, Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs, stated the following:


At the beginning of the meeting, the council listened to the explanation given by H.E. Dr. Hanan Mohamed al-Kuwari, Minister of Public Health, on the latest updates and developments to limit the spread of Covid-19. It also reviewed the report of the Supreme Committee for Crisis Management in this regard, and in the interest of the health and safety of all community members, decide the following new precautionary measures effective Saturday, 8th January 2022.

Business and Leisure

  • Workplace: The continuation of all employees in the government sector to carry out their work at their place of work, and allowing all employees in the private sector to carry out their work at their place of work.

  • Workplace (meeting): Continuing to allow meetings to be held for employees and workers in the government and private sectors who are at their workplace in the presence of no more than (15) people who have completed doses of the (Covid-19) vaccine, provided that the rest of the meetings are (remotely) using modern technical means.

  • Rapid test for non-vaccinated: Continuing to oblige all employees and workers in the public and private sectors to conduct a rapid test for the Corona virus (Rapid Antigen) approved by the Ministry of Public Health, on a weekly basis, for employees and workers who did not receive or complete doses of the (Covid-19) vaccine, and they are exempted from conducting that examination. Employees and workers who have completed doses of the (Covid-19) vaccine, and who have recovered from the disease.

  • Theatres and cinemas: Continuing to allow the opening of theaters and cinemas and the provision of their services not exceeding (50%) of the capacity, provided that all the visitors have completed doses of the (Covid-19) vaccine.

  • Museums and libraries: Allowing the opening of museums and public libraries with a full capacity, provided that all visitors to those museums and public libraries have completed doses of the (Covid-19) vaccine.

  • Shopping Malls: Continuing to allow the work of commercial complexes with a capacity not exceeding (75%), while allowing entry to those who have completed doses of the (Covid-19) vaccine, and allowing the opening of food courts within the commercial complexes, provided that it does not exceed (30%) of the capacity of those squares. And allow the opening of mosques, changing rooms and toilets in those complexes, with all shops in those complexes adhering to the maximum number of customers allowed to be there, which is determined by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

  • Restaurants: Continuing to allow restaurants and cafes to serve food and beverages according to the following:

  • A capacity card that does not exceed (75%) for restaurants and cafes that have the “Clean Qatar” certificate, and a capacity card that does not exceed (40%) for restaurants and cafes that meet the conditions determined by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, in open spaces.

  • A capacity card that does not exceed (50%) for restaurants and cafes that have a certificate of the "Clean Qatar" program, and a capacity card that does not exceed (30%) for restaurants and cafes that meet the conditions determined by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, provided that all customers have completed vaccine doses. (Covid-19), and allow entry to children under 12 years of age, accompanied by their families only, in closed spaces.

  • In all cases, all workers in those facilities must be from those who have completed doses of the (Covid-19) vaccine.

  • Trade-shows, Exhibitions, Conferences and Cultural Events​​​​​​​: Continuing to allow the organization of conferences, exhibitions and events in accordance with the following:

  • A capacity not exceeding (50%), in open spaces.

  • Capacity not exceeding (30%), in closed places.

  • In all cases, prior approval from the Ministry of Public Health is required before holding any conference, exhibition or event, and that all organizers and participants in such conferences, exhibitions and events have completed doses of the (Covid-19) vaccine.

  • Souqs: Allowing souqs to operate on all days of the week, with a capacity not exceeding (75%), and allowing children to enter, with all stores in those markets adhering to the maximum number of customers allowed for their presence there, which is determined by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

  • Wholesale markets: Continuing the work of wholesale markets with a capacity not exceeding (75%), and allowing entry to those who have completed doses of the (Covid-19) vaccine, with all stores in those markets adhering to the maximum number of customers allowed in them, which is determined by the Ministry of Trade and Industry, and allowing auctions to be held in those markets.

  • Barbershops and hairdressers: Continuing to allow the opening of beauty and hairdressing salons with a capacity not exceeding (50%), provided that all workers in those facilities and clients have completed doses of the (Covid-19) vaccine.

  • Theme parks and leisure centers: Continuing to allow the opening of amusement parks and all entertainment centers according to the following:

  • A capacity not exceeding (75%) for amusement parks and recreational centers in open spaces.

  • A capacity not exceeding (50%) for amusement parks and recreational centers in closed places, and allowing entry to customers who have completed doses of the (Covid-19) vaccine.

  • In all cases, all employees of these facilities must be those who have completed doses of the (Covid-19) vaccine.

  • Health clubs, gyms, and spas: Continuing to allow the opening of health clubs, physical training clubs and massage services, not exceeding (50%) of the absorptive capacity, with closing dressing rooms, showers, saunas, steam, jacuzzi services, Moroccan and Turkish baths, provided that all workers in those facilities and clients who have completed vaccine doses ( COVID-19).

  • Swimming pools and water parks: Continuing to allow the opening of swimming pools and water parks according to the following:

  • A capacity not exceeding (75%) for all swimming pools and water parks in open spaces.

  • A capacity not exceeding (50%) for all indoor swimming pools and water parks, and allowing entry to customers who have completed doses of the (Covid-19) vaccine.

  • In all cases, all employees of these facilities must be those who have completed doses of the (Covid-19) vaccine.

  • Cle​aning and Hospitality Services: Continuing to allow cleaning and hospitality companies to provide their services through their workers who have completed doses of the (Covid-19) vaccine, whether in one or more homes, and allowing cleaning and hospitality services to be provided to the facilities contracting with them during working hours with a full capacity, through their employees who have completed COVID-19 vaccine doses.

COVID-19 precautionary measures with respect to masks

  • Continuing the obligation to wear masks in all open and closed public places, with the exception of people who practice sports in open places.

Ehteraz Application

  • Continuing to oblige all citizens, residents and visitors to activate the Ehteraz application on smart phones when leaving the house for any reason.

Gatherings