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No need for permits to enter and exit Industrial Area from Monday: GCO


Tribune News Network Doha

People going into and coming out of Industrial Area are not required to obtain entry or exit permits to do so from Monday, the Government Communications Office has said. However, checkpoints will continue to remain active in the area to ensure public compliance with COVID-19 safety precautions. People heading to Industrial Area will still have to wear face masks at all times and have a ‘green’ health status on the COVID-19 contact tracing app. Moreover, buses cannot carry passengers more than half the seating capacities.

The GCO’s announcement comes a day ahead of the start of Qatar’s four-phased removal of COVID-19 containment measures and marks yet another leap in Industrial Area’s return to normalcy since it came under a complete lock down in March.

Streets 1 to 32 of Industrial Area were locked down after a spurt in the number of COVID-19 infections in the region. During this period, thousands of people were tested for the virus and more than 6,500 individuals were transferred to quarantine facilities. Those who were suspected or confirmed to be infected with the virus were provided with free, high-quality healthcare.

In light of achieving the desired objectives of the partial closure, the Permanent Committee for Industrial Area Affairs eased restrictions by gradually opening and developing a system of entry and exit permits for a period of time. It has now announced the cancellation of permits from Monday, the GCO said.

The continued use of entry and exit checkpoints will ensure the health and safety of Industrial Area residents and all members of society, it added.

GCO emphasized that the easing of restrictions does not mean the virus has disappeared. “All members of society should continue to take precautions and follow recommended guidelines to ensure the successful implementation of the gradual lifting of the restrictions imposed in Qatar, with the aim of returning to normal life.”

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