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Phase 1 of lifting restrictions begins Monday


The Ministry of Municipality and Environment has announced that it will open Al Wakra Public Park, Al Khor Park, Al Qutaifiyah Park 66, Al Shamal City Park, Al Sailiya Park (Abu Nakhla), Al Dafna Park, Museum Park and Al Rayyan Park Monday with restricted timings. Photo: Al Khor Park



A number of activities are set to begin resuming in the country Monday as the first phase of the gradual lifting of Covid-19 restrictions gets underway.


The authorities concerned have put in place a number of precautionary and preventive measures that the public, commercial entities, healthcare facilities and other service providers need to follow to ensure everyone's safety. These include wearing a face mask, installing and activating the Ehteraz application on the smartphone, and maintaining social distancing, among others.


As per an announcement by the Supreme Committee for Crisis Management recently, Phase 1 will see the restricted opening of mosques, excluding Friday prayers. The use of personal boats will also be allowed in this phase.

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4 key measures to remember


The Government Communications Office (GCO) has stressed the four key preventive measures to follow when one leaves the house: wear a face mask; install and activate the Ehteraz application on the smartphone; maintain a 2m distance from those around you; and wash your hands before leaving house and upon your return.

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There will be also restricted park opening for outdoor activities. Professional training will be allowed in outdoor areas/large open spaces only for no more than five people.


Private healthcare facilities can operate at 40% capacity during this phase. Emergency services will continue.


Phase 1 will also see the partial opening of shops in malls. Shops with a minimum area of 300sq m will open, not exceeding 30% of the mall capacity.


Also, 20% of employees will be allowed at the workplace in this phase subject to strict health precautions.


It was also announced that starting from the first stage, trips out of Doha will be allowed in cases of absolute necessity. Everyone who returns to Doha will be subjected to hotel quarantine at his/her own expense for two weeks, or in one of the quarantine buildings allocated by the Ministry of Public Health at his/her own expense.


Malls and shopping centres will be allowed to operate from 8am-8pm on weekdays from Monday, but these businesses will remain closed on Fridays and Saturdays, according to a notification from the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.


The businesses allowed to resume operations and the conditions applicable to them are as follows: partial opening of some shops in commercial centres, provided the outlet’s floor space is not less than 300sqm; restaurants that deliver to home addresses or hand over orders at the restaurant, while prohibiting customers from dining in; and shops selling sweets, ice cream, cakes, pastries, honey and dates.


Gaming centres, amusement parks, skateboard arenas, prayer rooms and cinemas will remain closed. This decision also prohibits any artistic, cultural or recreational activities at malls and commercial centres.


Work can resume in all specialities at private healthcare facilities in Qatar from to, but services provided should not exceed 40% of their maximum capacity, according to a circular issued by the Ministry of Public Health.


Five hundred mosques across Qatar will be reopened in the first phase on Monday, the Ministry of Awqaf (Endowments) and Islamic Affairs had announced recently.


According to the ministry’s announcement, the mosques will be reopened in various areas, including Abal Heeran, Bin Omran, Bu Sidra, Bu Hamour, Ezgava, Al Salata Al Jadeeda, Umm Saneem, Umm Al Amad, Umm Salal Ali, Umm Salal Mohamed, Gharrafat Al Rayyan, Umm Qarn, Umm Lekhba, Al Luqta, Bane Hajer, Bu Sidra, Al Khor, Al Kheesa, Al Ruwais, Al Rayyan Al Jadeed, Al Sadd, Al Sudan, Al Shahaniyya, Al Azeeziya, Onaiza, Ain Khaled, Al Gharrafa, Madinat Khalifa South, Legataifiya, Al Mirqab, Al Meshaf, Muaither South, Al Wajba, Al Hilal, Al Wakra and Al Wukair.


The Ministry of Municipality and Environment has announced that it will open eight parks Monday with restricted timings - from 4am until 9am and from 4pm until 10pm daily. These are Al Wakra Public Park, Al Khor Park, Al Qutaifiyah Park 66, Al Shamal City Park, Al Sailiya Park (Abu Nakhla), Al Dafna Park, Museum Park and Al Rayyan Park.


Aspire Zone Foundation will start welcoming visitors on the walking tracks of Aspire Park from Monday, while Katara - the Cultural Village Foundation said the North and South Katara Hills promenade will be reopened for walking purposes from Monday.


According to the Ministry of Interior, the personal boats allowed in this phase include private cruisers not licensed for fishing and designated for ‘picnics’, as well as jet boats. These vessels are to be used at half their capacity.


Also permitted are sambuks and personal yachts, where a maximum of 10 people are allowed.


The boats that are permitted should be used individually or for members of the same family from the same house, in addition to the driver.


Source: The Gulf Times

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