Government Communications Office statement on the reopening of Industrial Area with reorganized exit and entry

6 May 2020

In continuation of the procedures for the gradual reopening of the Industrial Area, which started with Street One, Street Two and al-Wakalat Street, the closed part of the Industrial Area from Street One to Street 32, will operate under new procedures that reorganize the exit and entry from Wednesday 6 May onward. These procedures will follow all precautionary measures specified by the Ministry of Public Health and take into consideration the health and safety of the residents and society.

This decision was preceded by proactive testing in the Area, transferring over 6,500 workers to precautionary quarantine facilities, and providing free, quality healthcare inside and outside the Area to everyone infected.

The reorganisation of exit and entry will result in resuming work and supply chains inside and outside the Area to normal, while making sure that the community is not at risk of infections. These procedures will allow the following groups to enter and exit the Area: employers, employees who work in the Area but live outside, residents who live in the Area but work outside. 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.