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Posted On: 15 April 2020 04:10 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 09:12 am

Cabinet decides to extend precautionary measures for two more weeks to combat COVID-19 outbreak

Khadiza Begum
Khadiza Begum
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HE Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al-Thani chaired Wednesday the regular Cabinet meeting through video conference technology.

Following the meeting, HE Minister of Justice and Acting Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Dr. Issa bin Saad Al Jafali Al Nuaimi issued the following statement:

At the beginning of the meeting, the cabinet was briefed by HE Minister of Public Health on the latest developments of efforts to contain Coronavirus (COVID-19), the cabinet stressed the importance of adhering to the precautionary measures taken to combat the epidemic.

The Cabinet also decided the following:


Extending work with decisions issued on:

1- limiting the number of employees present at the headquarters of governmental institutions.

2- limiting the number of employees present at the headquarters of private-sector organizations.

3- Public and Private-sector employees work for six hours a day, from 7 AM to 1 PM.

4- All meetings held between employees of the public and private sectors present at their place of work should be distanced meetings using modern technology.

5- Suspending home cleaning services provided by cleaning and hospitality companies.

6- Limiting the number of employees transferred by bus to half the capacity of the vehicle, while adhering to the necessary precautionary measures.

7- Continuing intensified inspection visits made by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry to supermarkets and restaurants to ensure they adhere to the health conditions and precautions, including safe distancing measures between shoppers.


Extending the exemptions approved by the cabinet.


The decision is applicable from Thursday Apr. 16, 2020 and for two weeks, during which a re-evaluation will be made to take the appropriate decision.

Other topics on the agenda

Afterward, the cabinet considered the topics on the agenda as follows:

First: approving a draft policy for water security and water strategy in the State of Qatar.

Second: approving a draft cabinet decision to amend exemptions to some documents stated in the Electronic Transactions and Commerce Law issued in decree law no. 16 of 2010. The draft decision comes in the framework of enhancing electronic services and activating the E-cheque service.


Approving flowing:

1- A draft Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the field of youth and sports between the Government of the State of Qatar and the Kingdom of Spain.

2- A draft Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Ministry of Municipality and Environment of the State of Qatar and the Ministry of Agriculture in the Republic of Kazakhstan on cooperation in the agricultural field.

Fourth, the cabinet reviewed the following two subjects and took the appropriate decision regarding them:

1- Report (45) on the work of the Qatari National Committee for the Prohibition of Weapons (NCPW) from Sept. 1 to Dec. 31, 2019.

2- The outcomes of the extraordinary meeting of GCC commerce ministers.

(Source: QNA)