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Posted On: 2 July 2020 10:03 pm

MOPH issues guidelines for precautionary measures during Phase 2

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The Ministry of Public Health has issued guidelines for the precautionary measures for the second phase of lifting restrictions imposed by the Coronavirus pandemic (Covid-19).

The guidelines aim to provide guidelines based on research into best practices, to facilitate the safe return of activities gradually, while developing precautionary measures and measures that contribute to limiting the spread of the virus (COVID-19) and protecting the pioneers and employees in each agency from the risk of infection.

The guides include the most prominent procedures and guidelines to be implemented in gatherings, transportation, outdoor spaces, and professional sports, health, and education, business, and leisure, according to the requirements of each activity, with a focus on infection prevention and control, awareness of the pioneers and employees, and physical spacing guidelines to maintain a safe distance, in addition to It also provides guidance for groups most vulnerable to complications of the disease, such as the elderly and those with chronic diseases.

The second stage includes allowing small social gatherings, with a maximum of 5 people indoors and 10 people indoors.

The Ministry advised to be cautious and reduce social visits, including family visits as possible, and ensure that the requirements of the new phase are applied, including the accuracy of following all preventive measures, such as washing hands or sterilizing regularly, wearing masks, and adhering to a physical distance of at least 1.5 meters from others at all times and download the EHTERAZ app.

The second stage also includes opening some retail markets, wholesale markets, museums and libraries to the public with a limited capacity, in addition to opening a limited number of restaurants with a limited capacity to ensure physical spacing, in addition to opening public parks, beaches and the corniche for all age groups with the application of spacing procedures and the continued closure of playgrounds, and allowing training In the open spaces and large halls of the professional category, with a maximum of ten people.

Vocational training courses are also allowed for small groups of up to 10 people indoors, and groups of up to 50 people outdoors.

The second stage also witnesses the opening of more mosques to perform the five assumptions with limited capacity.

Shopping centers will operate with an increased capacity of 50, however, all restaurants within the shopping centers remain closed.

It is allowed to raise the capacity of employees who start their work in the public and private sectors to 50% as a maximum, and the restrictions imposed on flights returning from abroad remain unchanged in the first stage.

Sheikh Dr. Mohammed bin Hamad Al Thani, Director of the Public Health Department at the Ministry of Public Health said that while more restrictions are lifted to restore life to normal, the precautionary measures announced by the Ministry of Public Health must be followed to protect ourselves, our families and our society as a whole.

He stressed that the transition from one stage to another depends on strict indicators and the extent of everyone's commitment to the instructions, as restrictions can be re-imposed at any time if the data shows that there is a need to do so.

He pointed out that the past few weeks have witnessed an increase in the number of cases of COVID-19 between citizens and residents (other than expatriate workers), despite the decrease in the total daily injuries in the State of Qatar, pointing out that the source of the injury is often due to family gatherings and visits, and the general lack of commitment to procedures Precaution, especially physical spacing.

The Ministry of Public Health advised other groups at greatest risk of complications from the disease, such as the elderly, pregnant women and people suffering from chronic diseases, to stay at home and not go out unless absolutely necessary and avoid all forms of social gatherings, including receiving visitors.

It is mentioned that the guidelines for the precautionary measures for the second stage of lifting the restrictions imposed by the pandemic (COVID-19) are available on the website of the Ministry of Health.

Source: Qatar News Agency