Many shopping complexes in Qatar have announced today that kids below 12 years are allowed to enter malls. However, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry has issued a circular recently regarding this.
The circular says that further to the control the second phase of the gradual lifting of restrictions, children below the age of 12 won’t be permitted to enter commercial centers, shopping centers and popular markets.
The statement further mentions that most commercial activities will remain closed on Fridays and Saturdays, except for those offering vital services such as restaurants, food outlets, pharmacies.
Ministry has also withdrawn its previous decision setting time limits on commercial and service activities, therefore, management now can decide the work hours according to their requirements.
[N.B. The following information was published before the MOCI announcement]
With phase 2 of the gradual lifting of COVID-19 restrictions starting from July 1, shopping malls have reopened their retail stores with limited capacity and hours. For example, shops with a minimum area of 300 m2 are allowed to open, with the malls not exceeding 30% capacity. However, non-essential stores will remain closed during weekends. Because of this further reopening, many residents have asked whether children under 12 years of age will now be permitted to enter the shopping malls.
[This article has been updated to reflect the current Ministry rules as per the MOCI circular released on July 1]
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