Eateries in tourist areas to resume operations
June 30 2020 12:25 AM
Souq Waqif
Souq Waqif- File picture. Restaurants at Souq Waqif, Souq Al Wakra, The Pearl-Qatar, Katara - the Cultural Village, restaurants and kiosks in sports clubs/tourist places, Qatar Museums, AlHazm and Msheireb are allowed to to resume operations

* Restaurants to resume operations in Souq Waqif, Souq Al Wakra, The Pearl-Qatar, Katara, restaurants and kiosks in sports clubs/tourist places, Qatar Museums, AlHazm and Msheireb
* Restaurants, cafeterias and cafes (coffee shops)  in malls are only allowed home deliveries and takeaways 
* Pre-booking is required for dine-in at restaurants where it is allowed
* Open buffet service is completely prohibited 
* A maximum of five people can sit at each table

Restaurants in some tourist areas are allowed to resume operations from Wednesday , the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoCI) has said.
These locations are Souq Waqif, Souq Al Wakra, The Pearl-Qatar, Katara - the Cultural Village, restaurants and kiosks in sports clubs/tourist places, Qatar Museums, AlHazm and Msheireb, according to a decision issued by the ministry Monday.
This is in line with the previous decisions and measures adopted by Qatar to preserve the health and safety of citizens and residents, and to limit the spread of the Covid-19, the ministry said.
Restaurants, cafeterias and cafes (coffee shops) in malls, shopping centres and other non-designated tourist areas are only allowed to deliver to home addresses or hand over orders to customers outside their activity site.
Also, restaurants and kiosks in sports clubs/tourist places are allowed to resume their business by delivering orders , and not allowing customers to sit or be present within the facility.
In line with this decision, restaurants in tourist areas must adhere to the precautionary and preventive measures outlined by the Ministry of Public Health and the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs, and comply with the following guidelines:

* Requiring clients to pre-book before coming to the restaurant
* Allowing diners into the restaurant only after checking the colour code identifying the individual's health condition on the Ehteraz app. Only 'Green' code holders are allowed in.
* Open buffet service is completely prohibited; only pre-defined menus are to be served.
* Serving shisha is prohibited
* Barring people not wearing a medical mask
* Checking the body temperature of diners at the entrance, and barring any customer whose temperature is above 38C.
* Providing hand sanitisers across restaurant facilities.
* Placing safe distance stickers on restaurant floors.
* Redistributing the furniture, leaving no less than 2m between each table.
* Allowing a maximum of five people to sit at each table.
* Reducing the restaurant's capacity to 50% of the maximum number of diners.
* Encouraging customers to pay using cards rather than cash.
* Reducing the number of parking spaces available to clients to 50%.
* Barring smoking at the restaurant entrances and removing all containers designated for cigarette waste.
* Gathering of diners or limousine and taxi drivers at the entrance to the outlet should be prohibited.
* Continuously measure the body temperature of the restaurant's staff, isolate employees who exhibit symptoms and inform the authorities concerned to take the necessary precautions and health measures in this regard.
* Continuously sterilise all of the restaurant's facilities, including administrative offices, warehouses, employee housing and affiliated transportation facilities.

The decision comes into effect starting Wednesday, and may be subject to amendments and updates according to the latest developments in this regard. Any violation of the decision will subject perpetrators to legal accountability and procedures, the MoCI has said.
The ministry has stressed that the success of each stage of the comprehensive plan for the gradual lifting of restrictions depends on the adherence of all citizens and residents to the required preventive and precautionary measures.

Last updated: June 30 2020 02:51 AM

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