Preventative measures

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. 

Phase 1 How will restrictions be lifted?+

 

 

 

Phase 2 How will restrictions be lifted?+

Phase 3 How will restrictions be lifted?+

Phase 4 Part 1 How will restrictions be lifted?+

Phase 4 Part 2 How will restrictions be lifted?+

Personal responsibility

Is it mandatory to install the Ehteraz app?+

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:

App Store
Google Play

What should I do to prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19)?+

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.

Should I stay away from elderly people?+

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.

When should I start practicing home quarantine? What does home quarantine mean?+

Home quarantine should take place following official medical advice. Home quarantine simply means remaining at home and avoiding contact with others.

Are Qatar’s medical facilities equipped to handle the increase in patients?+

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.

Are there volunteer opportunities to assist with the Coronavirus response in Qatar?+

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.

Workplace safety

In light of the outbreak of COVID-19, who is required to work remotely?+

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:

  1. Military
  2. Security sector
  3. Ministry of Foreign Affairs and diplomatic missions
  4. Health sector
  5. Oil and gas sector
  6. Employees of government agencies whose nature of their work requires their presence, according to what is decided by the head of the relevant authority
  7. Workers in major state projects

Are there COVID-19 awareness programmes taking place for workers and in workers’ housing?+

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.

What precautionary measures can be taken to protect the workplace from the spread of COVID-19?+

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

Will those without a health card receive treatment?+

A health card is not required in order to be tested or receive treatment. All guest workers will receive treatment for free.