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
Please note that Phase 4 has been divided into two parts, with the second part having commenced on 15 September.
It has been mandatory to install and activate the Ehteraz app when leaving the house for all citizens and residents in Qatar since 22 May.
To download the application, please follow the below links:
Apply the preventive measures recommended by the Ministry of Public Health to protect against infection and to limit the spread of COVID-19. Visit their website and social accounts to receive the latest updates.
The elderly are the most vulnerable to COVID-19 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.
Yes, the Ministry of Public Health is seeking volunteers to support Qatar’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Over 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 80% 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 relevant authority
- Workers in major state projects
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:
- Adapting workplaces to ensure social distances can be maintained
- Raising awareness of the recommended measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by providing educational materials that are readily available in the languages spoken by employees
- Cleaning and sterilising workplaces daily
- Distributing masks, hand sanitisers, tissues and other PPE
- Advising employees on proper handwashing
- Training staff on how to apply preventive measures at work and at home to decrease their susceptibility to the virus
- Ensuring employees are tested, where appropriate
A health card is not required in order to be tested or receive treatment. All guest workers will receive treatment for free.