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Ramadan: Four hours of work for govt employees, six for private sector workers

Qatar’s Cabinet on Wednesday approved a host of decisions that will be in effect from Sunday, including the rescheduled work hours of government and private employees during the holy month of Ramadan.

Chaired by Prime Minister and Minister of Interior HE Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz al Thani through video conferencing, the Cabinet has decided to reduce work hours of government employees to four hours — from 9 am to 1 pm.

Meanwhile, private employees will continue with their six-hour work days, but on a revised schedule from 9 am to 3 pm. Shops selling food items, pharmacies and home-delivery-only restaurants are excluded from this decision. 

Due to coronavirus outbreak, the Cabinet had earlier reduced work hours to six across the board with certain exceptions.

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry, in coordination with the relevant authorities, shall determine the other necessary activities exempted from this decision, according to a statement issued by Minister of Justice and Acting Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Dr Issa bin Saad al Jafali al Nuaimi.

All previous exceptions decided by the Council of Ministers with regard to work hours will continue to be in effect, the statement said.

According to the Cabinet, all government and private employees whose nature of work involves dealing with people are required to wear masks while on duty.

People visiting ministerial offices or any other public or private offices as well as shoppers are also required to wear masks. The Cabinet called on offices and shopping establishments to put in place mechanisms to prevent entry of people not wearing masks.

Masks are also a must for workers in the contracting sector.

In the event of non-compliance with this decision, penalties stipulated in Decree Law No 17 of 1990 regarding the prevention of infectious diseases shall be applied to the offender. The offences carry a three-year jail term and a fine not exceeding QR200,000.

Source: Qatar Tribune


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