*Phase 4 of lifting restrictions delayed
*MoPH urges all eligible to take vaccine
The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has announced the continuation of the ongoing Phase 3 of the Gradual Lifting of Covid-19 Restrictions during the month of August as well instead of launching Phase 4 as scheduled earlier.
Phase 1, launched on May 28, was followed by Phase 2 on June 18 and Phase 3 on July 9. At the time of the launch of Phase 1, the MoPH had stated that public compliance to precautionary measures will play a key role in the successful implementation of the plan.
"The ministry continues to monitor key performance indicators to ensure a balance between the continuity of providing protection to the population on the one hand and restoring social and economic life to normal, on the other hand," it was explained on Thursday.
The ministry called on all people who are eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccination and have not yet been vaccinated, to take the initiative to receive the vaccination as soon as possible so that they can protect themselves, members of their families and members of society from the dangers of the pandemic and to contribute to the speedy return to normal life.
The highlights of the current phase include allowing private healthcare facilities to operate at full capacity, allowing children in cinemas subject to conditions, increasing the capacity of Doha Metro and public transport, driving schools, wedding halls, barbershops, amusement parks and entertainment centres, museums, libraries, nurseries, educational centres and private training centres, as well as allowing more people in a group to gather in parks and on beaches and opening playground and exercising equipment there.
A maximum of 80% of the total number of employees in the government and private sectors in each business entity to work from the office, with the rest working remotely or upon request depending on the circumstances. Exceptions are the military, security and health sectors.
Allowed are meetings for employees and workers in the government and private sectors present at their workplace with the attendance of no more than 15 people. Others can only attend remotely.
All employees in the public and private sectors, who have not received any dose or completed both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, should undergo a rapid antigen test accredited by the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) on a weekly basis.
All citizens and residents must continue to wear masks when leaving the house for any reason, unless the person is alone while driving a vehicle or with his/her family. All must continue to activate the Ehteraz app on their smartphones when leaving the house for any reason.
Mosques shall continue opening for daily and Friday prayers, but children under seven are not allowed. Toilets and ablution facilities must remain closed.
No car is allowed to have more than four passengers, including the driver, with the exception of family members residing in the same house. Buses must continue to operate at half their capacity, while taking the precautionary measures. Doha Metro and public transport services capacity is capped at a maximum 50%, throughout the week.