Here's list of the new restrictions coming into effect from Friday as well as the existing measures that will continue, in line the Cabinet's announcement in this regard on Wednesday to curb the spread of Covid-19 in Qatar. Text courtesy of the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) and Government Communications Office:
1. Precautionary measures and gatherings
* Mosques remain open for daily prayers and Friday prayers, provided that Tarawih prayers are performed during the blessed month of Ramadan at the comfort of their homes, while adhering to the precautionary measures that will be determined by the Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs, not allowing children under 12 years of age to enter, and the continued closure of toilets and ablution facilities.
* Social gatherings and visits at homes and majlises are not allowed in indoor areas. For outdoor areas, a maximum of five people are allowed to gather, subject to them completing their full Covid-19 vaccination
* No weddings to be held indoors or outdoors.
* Continuing with the mask-wearing requirement when leaving home, unless alone in a vehicle.
* Continuing with the requirement to activate the Ehteraz app when leaving home.
* Continued allowance of only families within same household in winter camps.
2. Business and Leisure
* Maintaining capacity in shopping malls at up to 30%, and not allowing children under 16 years of age to enter, with the closure of all prayer rooms and changing rooms, and the continued closure of all food courts, except for pick-up and delivery services.
* Food is not allowed to be served indoors or outdoors in restaurants and cafes, while delivery and pick-up services will continue.
* Souqs will remain open with a capacity of up to 30% and will be dosed on Fridays and Saturdays. Children under 16 years are not allowed.
* Wholesale markets will remain open with a capacity of up to 30%. Children under 16 years old are not allowed in.
* Closure of all barbershops and beauty salons.
* Gyms and all sauna and steam rooms, jacuzzis, massage services and Moroccan and Turkish baths to remain closed.
* Swimming pools and water parks indoors and outdoors to remain closed.
* Theme parks and leisure centres remain closed.
* Closure of museums and libraries.
* Closure of cinemas and theatres.
* Reducing employee numbers in public and private sector workplaces to 50%, excluding the military, security and health sectors.
* Continuing with the five-person meeting limit, only when necessary and when technology is not available.
* Postponing all exhibitions, conferences and other events until further notice.
* Cleaning and hospitality services can be provided in homes by one person only.
* Cleaning and hospitality services are not permitted to operate during contracted establishments' working hours, but can operate fully outside of these hours.
* Continue the suspension of rental and excursion/touristic boats, except for rental services for family members residing in the same household. In case of use of personal boats, owners must ensure that only family members from the same household are onboard, or that a maximum of five people are present, provided they have completed both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.
* Reducing the capacity of Doha Metro services to no more than 20%, and stopping the operation of those services on Friday and Saturday of every week. Also, reducing the capacity of public transport services to no more than 20%, stopping the operation of these services on some lines on weekdays as well as fully stopping these services on Friday and Saturday of every week. These measures will be taken while taking into account the closure of smoking areas, and not allowing food and drink to be consumed in the above-mentioned modes of transport.
In a related tweet on Thursday, Qatar Rail said: "In view of the precautionary measures taken to reduce the spread of Covid-19, Doha Metro, metrolink and metroexpress services are operating at 20% capacity from Sunday to Thursday. Services are suspended on Fridays and Saturdays, starting April 9, 2021, and until further notice."
* Continuing to follow Qatar's travel and quarantine policy
* Continued closure of all driving schools until further notice.
4. Education and Health
* Distance learning for all students in schools.
* Continuing individual educational sessions only in special needs centres, while adhering to the special requirements set by the MoPH.
* Distance learning for all students in training centres.
* Nurseries and childcare centres to close. In a related tweet, the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs on Thursday said nurseries across the country will remain closed from Friday until further notice.This is in line with the Cabinet's decisions regarding the plan to re-impose restrictions within the framework of the preventive measures in place in the country to limit the spread of Covid-19 and to preserve the safety of society.
* Stopping medical services in all private healthcare facilities, except for the treatment of emergency cases and remote services.
5. Outdoors and professional sports
* Gathering or sitting is not allowed at parks, the Corniche and beaches, while individual sports such as walking, running and cycling are allowed. Playgrounds and gym equipment remain closed.
* Sports teams are not allowed to train, except for preparatory training for local and international tournaments approved by the MoPH.
* Obtaining prior approval from the MoPH for organising local and international sports events (spectator capacity to be determined by the Ministry of Public Health).