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Posted On: 12 July 2020 09:31 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 09:12 am

Outdoor swimming pools in hotels to open from tomorrow as part of Phase 2

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According to a Circular No. 13 of 2020 issued by the General Secretariat of the Qatar National Tourism Council (QNTC), outdoor swimming pools in hotels can reopen within the process of implementing the second phase of the "Qatar Clean" programme, starting from tomorrow (13 July 2020).

This circular comes in reference to Circular No. 5 of 2020 issued by the General Secretariat of the QNTC regarding the closure of health clubs, gyms and swimming pools in hotels to prevent and limit the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

And, in reference to Item No. 9 of Article 13 of Law No. 20 of 2018 on the regulation of Tourism, which states to observe the instructions issued by the QNTC in joint coordination with the competent authorities in the State regarding the control of operations in tourism activities and hotels.

This permission to reopen outdoor swimming pools in hotels comes with the complementary efforts and precautionary measures taken by the State to prevent and control the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). It is also a joint initiative between the QNTC and the Ministry of Public Health to set instructions and measures that hotels must comply with to limit the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and protect the health and safety of the guests and employees.

Reopening of the swimming pools in the external areas of the hotels is permissible according to the following guidelines:

  1. Keeping health clubs, gyms and indoor swimming pools in the hotel facilities closed until further notice.
  2. The maximum permitted capacity shall be 50% of the swimming pool capacity.
  3. Individuals should maintain, at all times, social distancing practices (minimum distance of 2 metres) while inside the swimming pools.
  4. The use of chlorine in the swimming pool water must be according to the standards in force in the State.
  5. All safety regulations concerning swimming pools must be followed as per standard practices, e.g., lifeguard on duty, etc.

Source: QNTC