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 two metres from people who have symptoms of illness.
- Avoiding physical contact, including shaking hands.
- 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.
- Maintaining good ventilation indoors
Current restrictions in the State of Qatar are as follows. These are subject to change, at the discretion of the Ministry of Public Health.
The Gradual Lifting of COVID-19 Restrictions:
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 2021. Non-residents of Qatar must register via the pre-registration system for people entering the State of Qatar on www.ehteraz.gov.qa website.
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.
People can visit elderly relatives or friends, but exercise caution and follow proper hygiene principles.
People with COVID-19 who experience mild or moderate symptoms can safely isolate at home for ten days. The first 5 days should be in their own room, and the second 5 days can be within the house while wearing a mask.
As a proactive measure, medical facilities are being prepared in different regions throughout the country to provide medical and nursing services for mild and moderate cases.
A large number of hospital beds are in reserve in the existing dedicated COVID-19 facilities. The MOPH has dedicated three facilities to accommodate COVID-19 patients, including the Communicable Disease Centre, The Cuban Hospital, and Hazm Mebaireek General Hospital.
The MOPH had previously been running a volunteer program to assist in Qatar’s COVID-19 response, to which over 35,000 people registered. This programme has now ended.
100% of public and private sector employees will be allowed in the office, as of January 8th. Vulnerable and at-risk employees should be allowed to work remotely at the discretion of their employer.
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.