H.E. Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Interior presided over the regular meeting held by the Council at noon today, through video communication technology.
After the meeting, H.E. Dr. Issa bin Saad Al-Jafali Al-Nuaimi, Minister of Justice and Acting Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs stated the following:
At the beginning of the meeting, the Cabinet listened to the explanation provided by H.E. the Minister of Public Health on the latest developments and developments to limit the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), and after reviewing the report of the Supreme Committee for Crisis Management regarding the plan to re-impose restrictions due to the Corona pandemic, and for the sake of health and the safety of all members of society, decided the following:
Reducing the number of employees present at the workplace in government agencies to 50% of the total number of employees in each entity, and the rest of the employees conduct their work remotely from their homes or upon request, according to the circumstances, with the exception of the military, security and health sectors.
Reducing the number of workers present at the workplace in the private sector to (50%) of the total number of employees in each agency, and the rest of the workers start their work remotely from their homes, and the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MOCI), in coordination with the concerned authorities, determines the necessary activities that are excluded from this decision.
All meetings that are held for employees and workers in the government and private sectors present at their place of work (remotely) shall be using modern technical means, and in case this is not possible, and in cases of necessity, the meeting shall be held with a number of not more than (5) persons, taking into account the taking of precautionary measures.
In a Tweet on 10 April 2021, the MOCI announced 13 categories that are exempt from the Cabinet decision to reduce the number of workers in the workplace in the private sector to 50%.
They are as follows:
The MOCI clarified that this decision is subject to change according to developments in this regard and the violators will be prosecuted.
Not to allow restaurants and cafes to serve food and drinks in open or closed places, and to allow them to offer those foods and drinks through external orders or deliver them inside the restaurant or cafe.
Continuation of work on what has been decided to reduce the number of people who are transported by buses to half the bus’s capacity, while taking precautions and precautionary measures.
Reducing the capacity of operating metro services by no more than (20%), stopping the operation of those services on Fridays and Saturdays every week, and reducing the capacity for operating public transport services by no more than (20%) with stopping the operation of those services in some lines and stopping operating these services on Fridays and Saturdays every week, taking into account the closure of places designated for smoking, and not allowing food and drink to be consumed in the aforementioned transport.
Gatherings or sitting are not allowed in public parks, beaches, and the corniche. Individual sports such as walking, jogging and cycling are allowed, while still closing playgrounds and sports equipment in those places.
Continuing to open mosques to perform daily duties and Friday prayers, provided that Tarawih prayers are performed during the blessed month of Ramadan in homes, and children under 12 years old are not allowed to enter, while adhering to the precautionary measures set by the Ministry of Public Health and the Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs, with the continued closure of toilets and ablution facilities.
Postponing all conferences, exhibitions and events.
Continuing to stop providing medical services in private health facilities, except in emergency cases, and allowing any of these facilities to provide some of their medical services that can be provided through modern means of communication.
The continued suspension of the rental services of boats, tourist yachts, and other boats, with the exception of rental services for family members residing in the same house, and owners of boats and personal yachts are obligated, in the event that they are used, that other than the members of the family residing in the same house are not present on board or the presence of (5) people maximum From non-family members, provided that they have completed the doses of the (Covid-19) vaccine.
Closing public museums and libraries.
Not to allow cleaning and hospitality companies to provide their services during working hours to the establishments contracting with them, to allow the provision of their services with a full capacity outside the working hours of those facilities, and to allow the provision of their services at home by one person only while adhering to the special requirements set by the Ministry of Public Health in coordination with the Ministry trade and Industry.
Continuing work to compel all citizens and residents on leaving the house for any reason to wear masks, unless the person is alone while driving the vehicle or with his family.
Continued work to oblige all citizens and residents to activate the (EHTERAZ) application on smartphones when leaving the house for any reason.
Continuing work to oblige all citizens and residents when leaving and moving for any reason that no more than four people are in the vehicle, including the driver of the vehicle, with the exception of family members residing in the same house when leaving and moving in vehicles.
In this regard, compliance with health requirements, procedures, precautionary measures and controls determined by the Ministry of Public Health should be taken into account.
The Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Public Health, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and other government agencies, each in its respective jurisdiction, shall take the necessary measures in this regard, to ensure compliance with health requirements, procedures, and prescribed precautionary measures.
These decisions shall be effective from 9 April 2021 (Friday), until further notice.
The Council noted the measures that have been taken regarding the adoption of the distance education system, the suspension of student attendance in all public and private universities, schools, and kindergartens, and the continuation of the current travel and return policy to the State of Qatar.
Source: Qatar News Agency
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