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Cabinet Announces New COVID-19 Precautionary Measures from January 8, 2022

HE Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, chaired the regular meeting held yesterday by the Cabinet at its headquarters in the Amiri Diwan.

At the outset of the meeting, to combat the rapidly rising Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, Qatar Cabinet announced many new precautionary measures on COVID-19. These measures will come into force from Saturday, January 8, 2022, and will remain until further notice. These measures are as follows:

1- Allowing all employees will continue to work from their workplaces in public and private sectors.

2- Allowing meetings for employees and workers in government and private sectors at their workplaces with no more than 15 people who have received COVID-19 vaccines, provided that other meetings shall be held remotely, by using up-to-date technical equipment.

3- All employees and workers who did not receive COVID-19 vaccine in public and private sectors need to do a rapid antigen test weekly. Employees and workers who have completed doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and recovered from the COVID-19 are exempted from doing the test.

4- Continuing to oblige people to wear masks in all open and closed public places, with the exception of people who practice sports in open places.

5- Continuing to oblige all citizens, residents and visitors to activate the EHTERAZ application on smart phones when leaving house for any reason.

6- Continuing to open mosques to perform daily duties and Friday prayers, while not allowing entry to children under 12 years old, while adhering to the precautionary measures determined by the Ministry of Public Health and the Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs, and allowing the opening of toilets and ablution facilities in mosques as determined by the Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs.

7- Continuing to allow social gatherings in homes and majlis according to their requirements.

8- Continuing to allow wedding parties to be held in wedding halls of hotels and independent wedding halls only, in the presence of those who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 according to their requirements.

The Cabinet also took many other decisions in this regard.

Source: Government of Qatar