What are the Covid-19 Preventative Measures to Follow in Qatar?

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How you can stop the spread of COVID-19?

The Government of Qatar calls upon all members of society to take care and apply simple, preventive measures to protect against infection. This includes:

  • Washing your hands often or using hand sanitizers.
  • Keeping a distance of at least one metre (three feet) from people who have symptoms of illness.
  • Using your sleeve to cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing or use tissue paper and dispose of it appropriately.
  • Wearing a face mask in public.

Here, Qatar's Government Communications Office (GCO) answered some of the Frequently Asked Questions on "Covid-19 Preventive Measures" recommended by local heath authorities and the State of Qatar, amid the COVID-19 pandemic:

Four-phase easing of restrictions

How will Qatar lift restrictions?

Qatar has implemented a four-phase plan in which coronavirus restrictions will be lifted.

When will the different phases begin?

Phase 1 – 15 June

Phase 2 – 1 July

Phase 3 – 1 August

Phase 4 – 1 September

Phase 1 – How will restrictions be lifted?

Phase 2 – How will restrictions be lifted?

Phase 3 – How will restrictions be lifted?

Phase 4 – How will restrictions be lifted?

PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY

Is it mandatory to install the Ehteraz app?

It is mandatory to install and activate the Ehteraz app when leaving the house for all citizens and residents in Qatar, since 22 May 2020.

To download the application, please follow the below links:

App Store

 

Google Play

What should I do to prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Apply the preventative measures recommended by the Ministry of Public Health to protect against infection and to limit the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Visit their website and social accounts to receive the latest updates.

How many people are allowed in a single vehicle?

All citizens and residents must not have more than four persons in a vehicle, including the driver.

Ambulances and vehicles belonging to the Ministry of Public Health, security and military authorities and families are excluded.

The number of people transported by buses will remain at half capacity, in continuation of precautionary measures.

Should I stay away from elderly people?

The elderly are the most vulnerable population to the Coronavirus disease and have been advised to avoid going out unless absolutely necessary. People should still visit elderly people if necessary, but exercise caution and follow proper hygiene principles.

When should I start practicing home quarantine? What does home quarantine mean?

Are Qatar’s medical facilities equipped to handle the increase in patients?

As a proactive measure, medical facilities have been prepared in different regions throughout the country to provide medical and nursing services for mild and moderate cases. These facilities have increased Qatar’s capacity by 18,000 beds.

Why are some places and institutions closed?

Social distancing is a proven way to prevent the spread of the virus. As a result, we are reducing the number of areas where people can congregate and spread the disease.

Are pharmacies and supermarkets still open?

Pharmacies and food stores continue to operate as normal and delivery services, including from restaurants, remain available. This will remain the case as other stores open as a part of the gradual re-opening of Qatar.

Are there volunteer opportunities to assist with the Coronavirus response in Qatar?

Yes, the Ministry of Public Health is seeking volunteers to support Qatar’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Almost 35,000 volunteers have offered their services to the Ministry of Public Health, Qatar Charity and Qatar Red Crescent. The Ministry of Public Health is now working with the relevant parties to deploy volunteers based on need and expertise. Prospective volunteers can learn more here.

 

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In light of the outbreak of COVID-19, who is required to work remotely?

No more than 50% of public and private sector employees will be allowed in the office at any given time. Vulnerable and at-risk employees should be allowed to work remotely during this period.

Those employed in the following sectors and workplaces are excluded from the decision:

  • Military
  • Security sector
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs and diplomatic missions
  • Health sector
  • Oil and gas sector
  • Employees of government agencies whose nature of their work requires their presence, according to what is decided by the head of the competent authority
  • Workers in major state projects

Can meetings be held in person?

All meetings in both the government and private sectors should be done remotely, using modern technology. If it is not possible to hold a meeting remotely, meetings must not include more than five people in person while taking the necessary precautions prescribed by the Ministry of Public Health.

Are there awareness programmes on COVID-19 taking place for workers and in workers’ housing?

Yes, a specialised task force has been formed to conduct inspections of workplaces and educate workers on preventive measures against COVID-19. The Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs distributed multilingual awareness films in addition to health bags that include sterilisers, medical masks and detailed instructions.

What precautionary measures can employers take to protect the workplace from an outbreak of COVID-19?

Employers have an important role to play in protecting workers from COVID-19 and keeping them healthy and safe. Actions that employers can take, include:

  • Raise awareness of the recommended measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by providing educational materials easily available and in the languages spoken by employees.
  • Cleaning and sterilize work sites, housing, bathrooms, kitchens, buses, and others frequently used locations daily.
  • Distributing masks, soap, hand sanitizers, tissues, and advising employees on proper handwashing.
  • Training employees on how to apply preventative measures at work and home to decrease their susceptibility to the virus.
  • Make sure to do testing for workers regularly.

Will those without a health card receive treatment?

A health card is not required in order to be tested or receive treatment. All guest workers will receive treatment for free.

Source: Government Communications Office

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