*Malls will be open at 50% of capacity , while food courts will be restricted to 30% of capacity
*Metro and bus services resume at 30%
*Gatherings of a maximum of 15 people indoors and 30 people outdoors allowed
* Staff capacity at workplaces limited to a maximum of 80% of employees for both public and private sectors
*Playgrounds and leisure centres will remain closed
*Souqs can operate at 75% of their capacity and wholesale markets at 50%

Phase 4 of the gradual lifting of Covid-19 restrictions gets under way in Qatar on Tuesday with the resumption of Metro and public transport services, reopening of all mosques and start of the new school year, among several other key developments.

The fourth phase has been divided into two stages, with the first one beginning Tuesday and the next one in the third week of September, as was announced by the Supreme Committee for Crisis Management recently.

All precautionary and preventive measures have been put in place to ensure protection from the virus, and the public has been urged to follow the guidelines provided by the relevant authorities for everyone's safety.

The first stage of Phase 4 includes the reopening of all mosques in the country to perform daily and Friday prayers, while toilets and ablution facilities will remain closed.

Metro and public transport (bus) services will resume on Tuesday at 30% of their capacity, subject to compliance with the precautionary measures in place.

Qatar Rail will open Legtaifiya station on the Doha Metro Red Line on Tuesday, while also offering Wi-Fi services across the rail network from Phase 4.

Normal working hours will continue at malls while keeping the capacity to 50%, while food courts in malls will open at 30% of their capacity. Also, children will be allowed to enter malls now.

Fitting rooms in clothing outlets in malls and shopping centres can reopen from Tuesday according to the stipulated health requirements.

Restaurants with a Qatar Clean programme certificate can receive customers up to 100% of their capacity from Tuesday. Eateries that do not have a Qatar Clean certificate can only receive customers up to a maximum of 30% of their premises' capacity.

Private health clinics are now allowed to resume work at full capacity.

Cleaning and hospitality service companies are allowed to resume work in workplaces and homes, provided the staff does not exceed 30% of the total operating capacity.

The Council of Ministers’ decision limiting the capacity in workplaces to a maximum of 80% of employees, in both the public and private sectors, will continue to remain in place.

Gatherings of a maximum of 15 people indoors and 30 people outdoors are allowed. Also allowed are weddings with a maximum of 40 people indoors and 80 people outdoors. Individuals holding parties at home as well as managers of wedding venues are required to keep records of the contact information of all invitees.

This phase includes the opening of cinemas and theatres at 15% of their capacity, and only people who are 18 years and above are allowed entry.

Playgrounds and leisure centres will remain closed.

Qatar’s travel policy will continue and the Ministry of Public Health will update the list of low-risk countries periodically.

This phase will see the use of personal boats and yacht rentals at 30% of the capacity, including boat workers, while driving schools will operate at 50% of their capacity.

Qatar Museums has announced updated timings for the Museum of Islamic Art, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, the Fire Station and museum libraries, with effect from Tuesday.

Souqs can operate at 75% of their capacity and wholesale markets at 50%.

Public libraries are also allowed to operate in full capacity and normal hours provided all the precautionary measures are followed.

Spa activities, massage services and indoor swimming pools will resume from September 15 with reduced capacity.