2nd phase of lifting Covid curbs begins today
July 01 2020 01:50 AM
West bay, Doha, Qatar

Phase 2 of the gradual lifting of Covid-19 restrictions gets underway today with the reopening and resumption of different entities and activities as well as the expansion of what was allowed in the first phase on June 15.
These include the reopening of more mosques, museums and heritage sites, restaurants in some tourist areas, all beaches and parks and all retail outlets in malls and commercial centres.
All commercial outlets at street markets will be allowed to resume their operations today, while 50% of public and private sector employees will be allowed at the workplace , up from 20% in Phase 1. Also, the capacity of private health facilities will be increased to 60% - from 40% in Phase 1.
Public and private gatherings will be limited to five people in Phase 2 and violators will be subject to the relevant penalties, the Supreme Committee for Crisis Management had said while announcing its decision to launch Phase 2 of the gradual reopening plan on July 1.
The committee had reminded the public that transition from one phase to the next depended on everyone’s co-operation and adherence to the precautionary measures outlined by the Council of Ministers, including wearing masks when going outside, downloading the Ehteraz application and practising social distancing.
Accordingly, the necessary precautionary and preventive measures have been put in place by the public and private entities concerned in preparation for the launch of Phase 2 today.
The restricted opening of mosques will continue for all five prayers with limited capacity as well as the implementation of precautionary requirements. A total of 299 mosques are being reopened in this phase in addition to the 500 reopened in the previous stage.
Families will be allowed to rent boats and yachts in groups not exceeding 10 people.
All parks and beaches as well as the Corniche will be reopened for people of all ages while continuing to practise social distancing. Play areas will remain closed.
Sports training in open spaces and large halls will be permitted for professional athletes in groups not exceeding 10 people.
Restaurants in tourist areas such as Souq Waqif, Old Souq Al Wakra, The Pearl-Qatar, Katara - the Cultural Village are allowed to resume operations, besides restaurants and kiosks in sports clubs/tourist places, Qatar Museums, AlHazm and Msheireb.
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 area.
All retail outlets in malls and commercial centres will be allowed to resume their activities from today, while gaming centres, amusement parks, skating arenas, prayer rooms and cinemas will remain closed. Also, any artistic, cultural or recreational activities at malls and commercial centres are prohibited.
It has also been decided that all commercial outlets will be allowed to resume their operations at the Gold Souq, Souq Al Ali, Souq Waqif - Doha, Souq Al Wakra, Al Gharafa Market, Al Sailiya Central Market and the Thursday & Friday Market.
The museums and galleries opening today include the Museum of Islamic Art, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art and the Garage Gallery at the Fire Station: Artist in Residence, while heritage sites will include Al Zubarah, Al Jassasiya and Barzan Towers. Qatar National Library has said it will start welcoming patrons from July 15.

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