* MoCI move aimed at protecting safety of citizens and residents

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoCI) has compelled retail outlets to abide by a set of precautionary conditions to protect the safety of citizens and residents.
This comes in the context of the precautionary and preventive measures the ministry has announced to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19), and pursuant to Article No 13 of the Consumer Protection Law No 8 of 2008, which requires suppliers to comply with health and safety requirements.
In a statement yesterday, the MoCI said consumer complexes and retail outlets have signed a declaration pledging to comply with the following precautionary conditions:
* Measuring the body temperature of staff members twice a day.
* Providing sterilisers at main entrances, gathering places and in toilets.
* Sterilising shopping carts before their use by shoppers.
* Continuously sterilising surfaces such as refrigerator doors and handles.
The MoCI has called on all retail outlets to strictly adhere to these conditions and stressed that it will intensify its inspection campaigns to ensure compliance with these requirements.
The ministry noted that it will refer those who violate laws and ministerial decisions regulating administrative work to the competent authorities who will, in turn, take the appropriate measures against violators to protect the rights of consumers.
Further, the MoCI said consumers have an important role to play in terms of reporting any violations or infringements, adding that it processes complaints and suggestions through the following communication channels: call centre: 16001; email: [email protected]; Twitter: @MOCIQATAR; Instagram: MOCIQATAR; and the ministry's application on iPhones and Android devices: MOCIQATAR.

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