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Posted On: 3 June 2020 02:58 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 09:12 am

Qatar amends restrictions on working hours, practicing sports, number of people in vehicles

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[UPDATE: 3:30 PM]

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry released a circular specifying the permitted working hours for commercial and service activities based on the decision of the Council of Ministers and within the framework of the preventive and precautionary measures taken in Qatar to contain the COVID-19 outbreak.


Qatar's Cabinet announced Wednesday afternoon the following amendments to its previous decisions regarding COVID-19 precautionary measures. These decisions are applicable starting Thursday, June 4, 2020.

H.E. the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al-Thani chaired the Cabinets regular meeting held through video conference.

After the meeting, H.E. Minister of Justice and Acting Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Dr. Issa bin Saad Al Jafali Al Nuaimi stated the following:

At the beginning of the meeting, the Cabinet was briefed by H.E. the Minister of Public Health on the latest developments in the efforts to contain the coronavirus (COVID-19). The Cabinet affirmed the continuation of the precautionary measures taken to combat the epidemic, and decided the following:

Working hours

    The Cabinet amended its decision on determining the work hours of private-sector employees present at their place of work from 7 am to 8 pm.

    Exercise and sports

    The Cabinet amended its decision on carrying out sports, removing the previous condition for it to take place near a person's home. However, it is important to take the necessary precautionary measures including avoiding crowding and leaving a safe distance of three meters. It is also now allowed to not wear a mask when doing exercises and sports.

    Number of people in a vehicle

    The cabinet also announced that no more than four people is allowed to be in a vehicle including the driver. Families are exempted from this decision.

    Bus capacity

    As for people being transported in buses, the Cabinet agreed to continue working with the current decision of ensuring the vehicle uses a maximum of half its capacity while taking all the necessary precautionary measures.

    Other agenda

    First, the Cabinet agreed on a draft law that amends some provisions of law no. 14 of 2004. The amendment comes in the framework of the state's commitment to increase regulation of health and safety requirements and specifications for workers' housing and to enhance the protections for workers' financial rights. The draft includes criminalizing any violations of safety specifications for workers' housing, in addition to increasing the punishment for employers who do not pay workers.

    The Cabinet also approved a draft Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for joint cooperation in the field of health between the government of the State of Qatar and the government of Ethiopia. The cabinet approved a multilateral Memorandum of Understanding on consultation and exchanging information between regulatory bodies of financial markets in Arab countries who are members of the Union of Arab Securities Authorities.

    Source: Qatar News Agency