Commercial and service activities to resume from tomorrow in Qatar

  • 1 month ago

Starting tomorrow, June 4, 2020, all previously restricted commercial activities and services in Qatar can resume operations, except for some establishments, according to the latest Cabinet decision.

Based on the decision of the Council of Ministers during its 22nd meeting held on June 3, 2020 and within the framework of the preventive and precautionary measures taken in Qatar to contain the Covid-19 outbreak and in line with previous decisions and procedures.

 

 

 

According to the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoCI), the permitted working hours for commercial and service activities will be from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM (Sunday to Thursday) effective tomorrow.

While some of the services and activities are still banned, the time restriction does not apply to the following categories:

• Outlets selling food products, consumer goods, and subsidised supplies (hypermarkets, supermarkets, grocery stores, and shops selling fruits and vegetables)

• Pharmacies

• Factories

• e-Commerce firms

• Telecommunications companies; companies operating in the hospitality sector; workshops; fuel stations and bakeries 

Also excluded from the decision are:

• Restaurants, cafeterias, and cafes (coffee shops) that are allowed to deliver or hand over orders to customers outside the business place. However, restaurants and cafes located in malls are exempted from this decision and are only allowed to process delivery orders. These outlets are prohibited from handling orders to customers inside the premises.

• Maintenance companies

• Electronics

• Contracting and engineering supervision companies (allowed to operate in construction sites along with affiliated engineering offices)

• Logistics services companies

• Freight companies operating in ports and airports

Retail stores in commercial complexes, popular markets, and shopping centers remain under closure, with the exception of food outlets and pharmacies.

Furthermore, the decision to suspend the activities of health clubs and centres, barbershops, beauty salons, and home services remains applicable.

All companies and retail outlets must comply with the decisions issued by the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs and the Ministry of Public of Health (MoPH) in this regard.

Any violation of this decision's provisions will subject perpetrators to legal accountability.

The decision, which was issued today, June 3, 2020, may be subject to amendments and updates according to the latest developments in this regard. MoCI calls on all citizens and residents to seek information only from official sources, and to consult the Ministry's website and social media pages for the latest news and updates.

Source: Ministry of Commerce and Industry

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