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Posted On: 9 April 2020 10:59 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 09:11 am

Gradual reopening of Industrial Area, exemptions in stopping commercial activities on weekends announced

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The Supreme Committee for Crisis Management reviewed the latest decisions and actions taken by the State of Qatar within the framework of procedures and measures aimed at limiting the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), including the decision to stop commercial activities in stores and offices on Friday and Saturday and the latest developments related to the closed portion of the Industrial Area.

Stopping all commercial activities in stores and offices on Friday and Saturday

At the regular press conference on Thursday, H.E. the Spokesperson for the Supreme Committee for Crisis Management Lolwah bint Rashid bin Mohammed Al Khater said that based on the decision of the Council of Ministers in its meeting No. (14) on 8/4/2020 and in the framework of the preventive and precautionary measures taken by the State of Qatar to limit the spread of the Coronavirus and to complement the previous decisions and procedures, it was decided the following:

Stopping all commercial activities in stores and offices on Friday and Saturday, except for the following activities:

  1. Food and supply outlets (hypermarket, supermarket, and groceries)
  2. Vegetable sales outlets
  3. Restaurants (delivery only).
  4. Bakeries.
  5. Pharmacies.
  6. Telecommunications companies (located in the hypermarket).
  7. Home maintenance companies (electricity, plumbing, and electronics).
  8. Petroleum stations.
  9. Factories.
  10. Clinics (committed to the decision of the Ministry of Public Health).
  11. Contracting companies operating in the state's projects.
  12. Companies operating in the hotel sector.
  13. Logistic services companies, freight companies, companies operating in ports and airports, and customs services.

H.E. Lolwah Al Khater pointed out that the Ministry of Commerce and Industry confirmed that violating this decision will bring the perpetrators to legal accountability.

Industrial Area

Regarding the closed portion of the Industrial Area, HE Al Khater emphasized that health and medical efforts are continuing in terms of the number of examinations, sterilization and disinfection efforts, and the care of the residents of that region at all levels.

She said that this closure experience is not the only of its kind in the world, and despite its difficulty for all of us, it is a necessary option in light of this crisis, adding that the authorities are trying in various ways to mitigate its consequences, whether on the residents of the region or employers.

H.E. Al Khater added that work has already begun on the plan for the gradual opening of the region in a manner that guarantees the safety of its residents and society as a whole, as well as the return of supply chains to normal work and lifestyle in general to what it was, noting that the details of this plan will be announced in the coming days.


H.E. Al Khater stressed the importance of solidarity among all members of society to overcome this stage.

She pointed to the world celebration of World Health Day two days ago, as she expressed on this occasion her thanks to the entire health sector, including officials, doctors, nurses, administrators, and everyone working in this vital sector.

H.E. Lolwah Al Khater sincerely thanked H.E. Minister of Public Health Dr. Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari, who instead of making media appearance, stayed alongside her colleagues, day and night, to protect members of society.

Source: Government Communications Office

    Source: Press conference - Supreme Committee for Crisis Management; Qatar News Agency