Statement by the Supreme Committee for Crisis Management on Phase Three of the Gradual Lifting of Coronavirus Restrictions
The Supreme Committee for Crisis Management thanks both citizens and residents for their commitment to following the precautionary measures to combat COVID-19, which has contributed to limiting its spread. As the State of Qatar moves on to phase three, it is important for the community to continue following procedures to ensure that efforts are successful and the nation can fully reopen.
Based on Qatar’s public health indicators, including the steady decrease in the number of daily active cases as well as the decreasing reproductive ratio of the virus, it has been decided to commence the third phase of the gradual opening on Tuesday 28 July 2020, which will include the following procedures:
- Continuing the gradual opening of mosques and chapels and allowing Friday and Eid prayers in certain mosques, provided that precautionary measures are followed. The Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs will provide more details shortly.
- Allowing public and private gatherings of up to ten people indoors and thirty people outdoors, with the need to follow precautionary measures, especially keeping safe distances and wearing masks.
- Allow the use of personal boats and yachts and rentals with a maximum of ten people.
- Opening driving schools at 50% capacity.
- Continuing the closure of playgrounds and sports equipment in public parks and the Corniche.
- Allowing amateur and professional sports in large, indoor gyms with a maximum of 40 people and no limit on the number of people in outdoor spaces, maintaining safe distances.
- Allowing sports competition without audiences.
- Increasing capacity at private healthcare facilities to 80% and allowing the resumption of domestic healthcare services.
- Allowing nurseries and childcare facilities to resume working at half capacity (50%), with the need to follow all precautionary measures set by the Ministry of Public Health and after gaining approval from the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs.
- Continuing normal working hours at malls while keeping capacity to 50% and applying all measures set by the Ministry of Public Health and the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
- Continuing the opening of street markets with capacity ranging between 30% and 75% as assessed by the Ministry of Public Health and the Ministry of Commerce and Industry while applying all preventative measures.
- Continuing the opening of wholesale markets at 30% capacity and applying all measures set by the Ministry of Public Health and the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
- Continuing the gradual opening of restaurants, including restaurants and coffee shops at malls (except for shared food courts). The Ministry of Commerce and Industry will provide more details on the opening of these restaurants and their conditions shortly.
- Continuing the opening of museums and public libraries while keeping its capacity to 50%.
- Opening of beauty parlours and barbershops at 30% capacity, provided that all employees have been tested negative at one of the private laboratories accredited by the Ministry of Public Health, as well as gaining prior approval from the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
- Allowing the opening of health clubs and gyms at half capacity (50%), provided that all precautionary measures, which will be announced by the Ministry of Public Health and the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, are followed.
- Continuing the suspension of massage, jacuzzi, sauna centres and indoor pools in hotels and shops.
The Supreme Committee for Crisis Management emphasises that moving forward from one phase to another depends on the cooperation of all. It is important to continue to follow the current procedures set by the Council of Ministers, including wearing masks while outside, installing the Ehteraz application and following social distancing measures.