What are the four phases of reopening after lockdown in Qatar?

Phase one begins on June 15

What are the four phases of reopening after lockdown in Qatar?

Following the lockdown and stay home efforts in Doha and across Qatar, the government has introduced a plan to gradually reopen public spaces to people.

There are four phases in the plan, the first starting on June 15 and the fourth and final one starting on September 1.

All changes are still subject to strict social distancing measures and guidelines to help stop the spread of Covid-19 and could be reversed.

Here's what you can expect to see happen in each phase.

Phase one (from June 15)

The limited opening of mosques.
Selected private healthcare facilities can open at 40 percent capacity.
Shops with minimum area of 300 sq m will open in malls (but malls can not operate with more than 30 percent of shops open).
Some parks for outdoor sports.
Offices can operate with 20 percent of employees.

Phase two (from July 1)

Gatherings of fewer than ten people will be allowed.
Private health clinics will be allowed to operate at 60 percent capacity.
Boat and yacht rental for families only of fewer than ten people.
Parks, corniche and beaches will reopen.
All malls open, with restricted hours and capacity.
Souks and wholesale markets will open, with restricted capacity and hours.
Museums and libraries will open, with restricted hours and capacity.
Personal training sessions in large, open outdoor spaces for groups of fewer than ten people.
Offices can operate at 50 percent capacity.

Phase three (from August 1)

Gatherings of fewer than 40 people are allowed
Limited opening of private training centres
Friday prayers will be allowed in 54 mosques
Low-risk inbound flights for priority passengers will operate
Private health clinics will be allowed to open at 80 percent capacity
Sports training will be permitted in open spaces and large halls for professional sportspeople (but with no more than five people).
Health clubs, gyms and pools, beauty and massage parlours, barbershops and hairdressers can operate at 50 percent capacity.
Driving schools can operate.
Playgrounds and skate parks can open.
Nurseries and childcare facilities can operate.
All malls open with full operating hours.
Restricted restaurants opening with gradual increased capacity.

Phase four (from September 1)

All gatherings such as wedding parties will be allowed.
All mosques can open.
Business gatherings such as exhibitions, conferences, recreational gatherings, theatres, and cinemas will be permitted.
Private health clinics will be allowed to open to full capacity.
Boat trips will be allowed for leisure purposes.
Opening limited services for public transport such as the metro and buses.
New academic year commences.
Continue gradual opening of restaurants.
Museums and libraries open with normal hours.
Businesses can operate with 100% of employees.
Health clubs, gyms and pools, beauty and massage parlours, and barbershops and hairdressers can operate at full capacity.

Precautionary measures

These are the measures that should be followed
The elderly, people with chronic diseases and children are advised not to leave during the first and second stages.
Employers and institutions are obligated to follow precautionary measures to combat the coronavirus.
Workplaces to follow adequate precautions to reopen.
Anyone who travels outside the country will quarantined in a hotel upon erturn at their own expense.
The elderly should avoid praying in mosques during the early stages.

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