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Posted On: 30 June 2020 12:00 am
Updated On: 30 June 2020 11:29 am

MOCI releases details on the gradual lifting of restrictions on restaurants located in tourist areas

Khadiza Begum
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The Ministry of Commerce and Industry announces the second stage of the gradual lifting of restrictions on restaurants located in tourist areas. In line with the previous decisions and measures adopted by Qatar to preserve the health and safety of citizens and residents, and to limit the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19), the following has been decided:

Restaurants are allowed to resume their operations in the following tourist areas: Souq Waqif, Souq Al Wakrah, The Pearl-Qatar, Katara Cultural Village, Restaurants and kiosks in sports clubs and tourist areas, Qatar Museums, Al Hazm, Msheireb.

Precautionary and preventive measures

In line with this decision, restaurants in tourist areas must adhere to the precautionary and preventive measures outlined by the Ministry of Public Health and the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs, and comply with the following guidelines:

  • Requiring clients to pre-book before coming to the restaurant.
  • Allowing diners into the restaurant only after checking the colour code identifying the individual's health condition in the Ehteraz app. Only green code holders are allowed in.
  • Open buffet service is completely prohibited; only pre-defined menus are to be served.
  • Serving shisha is prohibited.
  • Barring people not wearing a medical mask.
  • Checking the body temperature of diners at the entrance, and barring any customer whose temperature is above 38 degrees Celsius.
  • Providing hand sanitisers across restaurant facilities.
  • Placing safe distance stickers on restaurant floors
  • Redistributing the furniture, leaving no less than two metres between each table.
  • Allowing a maximum of five people to sit at each table.
  • Reducing the restaurant's capacity to 50% of the maximum number of diners
  • Encouraging customers to pay using credit cards rather than cash.


This decision goes into effect on Wednesday, July 1, 2020.