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Posted On: 5 September 2020 09:45 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 09:12 am

What are the guidelines for outdoor and professional sports in Phase 4?

Vrinda Abilash
Vrinda Abilash
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Phase 4 of the gradual lifting of the COVID-19 restrictions started on September 1. How is the sporting scene looking in Qatar? Let's find out!

Activities in parks, corniche and beaches

  • Individuals are allowed to exercise in parks, open spaces, Corniches, and all beaches.
  • Groups of 30 people are allowed for sporting activities at 2m physical distancing.
  • Any individual sporting activity, such as running and walking for exercise, is allowed.
  • Stopping to sit or picnic is not allowed.
  • Maintain 1.5m physical distancing when walking (except in small family groups of the same household).
  • Wearing masks is not necessary for outdoor exercises; however, 2 meters minimum safe distancing should be followed.
  • You will need to wear a mask if you come within 2 meters from others when exercising.
  • Those not exercising should wear masks all the time and maintain 1.5m distance.
  • Ensure a 2m minimum distance from others when exercising outdoors.
  • Public toilets to open with thorough cleaning between customers.​
  • Avoid touching animals and birds.
  • Avoid touching surfaces.
  • Avoid crowded places and crowded parking.
  • Outdoor gym equipment, playgrounds. and skate parks to remain closed.

Read the rest of the precautionary measures for activities in parks, corniche and beaches here.

Organized Sports Training

  • Organized training (professional and amateur) in large indoor arenas should be limited to 40 people and not exceeding 30% capacity.
  • Organized training (professional and amateur) outdoors should be limited to 80 people.
  • A safe distance of 2 meters should be maintained between people when exercising.
  • Indoor venues should reduce capacity to allow at least 2 meters distance between athletes (16 m2 per person).
  • An isolation room/space identified to hold any symptomatic person found at the venue while awaiting patient transport to a medical facility is necessary.
  • Having a medical post and designated personnel on-site is advisable to help assess cases and potentially other illnesses.
  • Vulnerable groups are advised to stay at home.
  • No spectators are allowed during training and the changing rooms remain closed.

Read the rest of the precautionary measures for organized sports training here.

Professional sports events


  • Ticket allocations are limited to 20% indoors and 30% outdoors of capacity of the venue.
  • Seating allocations are given with 1.5m physical distance between spectators.
  • Use floor marking to ensure 1.5m physical distancing in queuing and public areas.
  • Spectator arrival times to be staggered to avoid overcrowding.
  • Masks to be worn by all, at all times.
  • Make sure you show green status on Ehteraz app before entering the stadium.
  • Thermal screening for employees, participants, and public, and entry only allowed for those of 37.8 degrees or less.
  • Pre-booking is preferred over walk-in, allotted and planned seating with public attendance on all seats identified by ID/passport numbers and mobile numbers.
  • Gates to open early to avoid crowding so be there ahead of time.
  • Shops at venue precincts outside the event building are allowed.
  • No food concessions inside the event building including conference halls, exhibition halls and stadia are allowed (masks to be worn at all times).
  • No food to be consumed inside the public seating areas, take-away food and drinks only allowed outside seating areas outdoor.
  • Food outlets restricted to take away in disposable packaging.
  • Queues to comply with the minimum of 1.5m physical distancing precautions.
  • Pre-prepared, grab and go food preferred to shorten waiting time for customers.
  • No buffet food served in the event venues.
  • Use only bottled water while at the venue.
  • Toilet capacity restricted to 30%, with cleaning and disinfection between customers.
  • No spitting, no cheering, no live choir and no live singing allowed.
  • Ensure tickets are electronic and scannable, avoid paper tickets if possible.
  • Avoid handling cash at ticket counters and use digital ticketing and purchase.
  • Anyone due to attend the event who is feeling ill should not come to the venue.
  • The capacity of arenas/stadia will be reviewed and updated for indoor/outdoor events according to national and international pandemic status.

International participants or athletes

  • All international participants are required to enter hotel quarantine before participation in the event.
  • They are only allowed to leave their hotel quarantine to participate in the preparation of the event sites and to participate at the actual official event as per their schedule.
  • All international athletes/participants need to arrive at the quarantine hotel at least 4-10 days before the start of their first participation.
  • International participants and organizers are strongly recommended to stay in hotels exclusively, allowing no other non-event hotel guests.
  • External visitors are strictly prohibited from entering quarantine hotels.
  • The participant use of the gym and other recreational areas at the Hotel accommodation or is according to MOPH guidelines for Health Clubs, Gyms and Spas.​

Read the rest of the precautionary measures for professional sports events here.

READ: Everything you need to know about phase 4 of the gradual lifting of COVID-19 restrictions in Qatar

Source: Ministry of Public Health; GCO announcement