How you can stop the spread of COVID-19
The Government of Qatar calls upon all members of society to take care and apply simple, preventive measures to protect against infection. This includes:
- Washing your hands often or using hand sanitizers.
- Keeping a distance of at least one metre (three feet) from people who have symptoms of illness.
- Using your sleeve to cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing or use tissue paper and dispose of it appropriately.
- Wearing a face mask in public.
Four-phase easing of restrictions
How will Qatar lift restrictions?
Qatar has implemented a four-phase plan in which coronavirus restrictions will be lifted.
When will the different phases begin?
Phase 1 – 15 June
Phase 2 – 1 July
Phase 3 – 28 July
Phase 4 – 1 September
It is mandatory to install and activate the Ehteraz app when leaving the house for all citizens and residents in Qatar, since 22 May 2020.
To download the application, please follow the below links:
Apply the preventative measures recommended by the Ministry of Public Health to protect against infection and to limit the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Visit their website and social accounts to receive the latest updates.
All citizens and residents must not have more than four persons in a vehicle, including the driver.
Ambulances and vehicles belonging to the Ministry of Public Health, security and military authorities and families are excluded.
The number of people transported by buses will remain at half capacity, in continuation of precautionary measures.
The elderly are the most vulnerable population to the Coronavirus disease and have been advised to avoid going out unless absolutely necessary. People should still visit elderly people if necessary, but exercise caution and follow proper hygiene principles.
Home quarantine should take place following official medical advice. Home quarantine simply means remaining at home and avoiding contact with others.
As a proactive measure, medical facilities have been prepared in different regions throughout the country to provide medical and nursing services for mild and moderate cases. These facilities have increased Qatar’s capacity by 18,000 beds.
Social distancing is a proven way to prevent the spread of the virus. As a result, we are reducing the number of areas where people can congregate and spread the disease.
Pharmacies and food stores continue to operate as normal and delivery services, including from restaurants, remain available. This will remain the case as other stores open as a part of the gradual re-opening of Qatar.
Yes, the Ministry of Public Health is seeking volunteers to support Qatar’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Almost 35,000 volunteers have offered their services to the Ministry of Public Health, Qatar Charity and Qatar Red Crescent. The Ministry of Public Health is now working with the relevant parties to deploy volunteers based on need and expertise. Prospective volunteers can learn more here.
No more than 50% of public and private sector employees will be allowed in the office at any given time. Vulnerable and at-risk employees should be allowed to work remotely during this period.
Those employed in the following sectors and workplaces are excluded from the decision:
- Security sector
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs and diplomatic missions
- Health sector
- Oil and gas sector
- Employees of government agencies whose nature of their work requires their presence, according to what is decided by the head of the competent authority
- Workers in major state projects
All meetings in both the government and private sectors should be done remotely, using modern technology. If it is not possible to hold a meeting remotely, meetings must not include more than five people in person while taking the necessary precautions prescribed by the Ministry of Public Health.
Yes, a specialised task force has been formed to conduct inspections of workplaces and educate workers on preventive measures against COVID-19. The Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs distributed multilingual awareness films in addition to health bags that include sterilisers, medical masks and detailed instructions.
Employers have an important role to play in protecting workers from COVID-19 and keeping them healthy and safe. Actions that employers can take, include:
- Raise awareness of the recommended measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by providing educational materials easily available and in the languages spoken by employees.
- Cleaning and sterilize work sites, housing, bathrooms, kitchens, buses, and others frequently used locations daily.
- Distributing masks, soap, hand sanitizers, tissues, and advising employees on proper handwashing.
- Training employees on how to apply preventative measures at work and home to decrease their susceptibility to the virus.
- Make sure to do testing for workers regularly.
A health card is not required in order to be tested or receive treatment. All guest workers will receive treatment for free.