Eater­ies in tourist ar­eas to re­sume op­er­a­tions

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Restau­rants in some tourist ar­eas are al­lowed to re­sume op­er­a­tions from tomorrow , the Min­istry of Com­merce and In­dus­try (MoCI) has said.

These lo­ca­tions are Souq Waqif, Old Souq Al Wakra, The Pearl-Qatar, Katara - the Cul­tural Vil­lage, restau­rants and kiosks in sports clubs/tourist places, Qatar Mu­se­ums, AlHazm and Msheireb, ac­cord­ing to a decision is­sued by the min­istry yes­ter­day.

This is in line with the pre­vi­ous de­ci­sions and mea­sures adopted by Qatar to pre­serve the health and safety of cit­i­zens and res­i­dents, and to limit the spread of the Covid-19, the min­istry said.

Restau­rants, cafe­te­rias and cafes (cof­fee shops) in malls, shop­ping cen­tres and other non-des­ig­nated tourist ar­eas are only al­lowed to deliver to home ad­dresses or hand over or­ders to cus­tomers out­side their ac­tiv­ity site.

Also, restau­rants and kiosks in sports clubs/tourist places are al­lowed to re­sume their busi­ness by de­liv­er­ing or­ders , and not al­low­ing cus­tomers to sit or be present within the fa­cil­ity.

In line with this decision, restau­rants in tourist ar­eas must ad­here to the pre­cau­tion­ary and pre­ven­tive mea­sures out­lined by the Min­istry of Pub­lic Health and the Min­istry of Ad­min­is­tra­tive De­vel­op­ment, Labour and So­cial Af­fairs, and com­ply with the fol­low­ing guide­lines:

„ Re­quir­ing clients to pre-book be­fore com­ing to the restau­rant

„ Al­low­ing din­ers into the restau­rant only af­ter check­ing the colour code iden­ti­fy­ing the in­di­vid­ual’s health con­di­tion on the Ehteraz app. Only ‘Green’ code hold­ers are al­lowed in.

„ Open buf­fet ser­vice is com­pletely pro­hib­ited; only pre-de­fined menus are to be served. „Serv­ing shisha is pro­hib­ited

„ Bar­ring peo­ple not wear­ing a med­i­cal mask „Check­ing the body tem­per­a­ture of din­ers at the en­trance, and bar­ring any cus­tomer whose tem­per­a­ture is above 38C.

„Pro­vid­ing hand sani­tis­ers across restau­rant fa­cil­i­ties.

„ Plac­ing safe dis­tance stick­ers on restau­rant floors.

„ Re­dis­tribut­ing the fur­ni­ture, leav­ing no less than 2m be­tween each ta­ble.

„ Al­low­ing a max­i­mum of five peo­ple to sit at each ta­ble.

„ Re­duc­ing the restau­rant’s ca­pac­ity to 50% of the max­i­mum num­ber of din­ers.

„ En­cour­ag­ing cus­tomers to pay us­ing cards rather than cash.

„ Re­duc­ing the num­ber of park­ing spa­ces avail­able to clients to 50%.

„Bar­ring smok­ing at the restau­rant en­trances and re­mov­ing all con­tain­ers des­ig­nated for cig­a­rette waste.

„ Gath­er­ing of din­ers or limou­sine and taxi driv­ers at the en­trance to the out­let should be pro­hib­ited.

„ Con­tin­u­ously mea­sure the body tem­per­a­ture of the restau­rant’s staff, iso­late em­ploy­ees who exhibit symp­toms and in­form the au­thor­i­ties con­cerned to take the nec­es­sary pre­cau­tions and health mea­sures in this re­gard.

„Con­tin­u­ously ster­ilise all of the restau­rant’s fa­cil­i­ties, in­clud­ing ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fices, ware­houses, em­ployee hous­ing and af­fil­i­ated trans­porta­tion fa­cil­i­ties.

The decision comes into ef­fect start­ing tomorrow, and may be sub­ject to amend­ments and up­dates ac­cord­ing to the lat­est de­vel­op­ments in this re­gard. Any vi­o­la­tion of the decision will sub­ject per­pe­tra­tors to le­gal ac­count­abil­ity and pro­ce­dures, the MoCI has said.

The min­istry has stressed that the suc­cess of each stage of the com­pre­hen­sive plan for the grad­ual lift­ing of re­stric­tions de­pends on the ad­her­ence of all cit­i­zens and res­i­dents to the re­quired pre­ven­tive and pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sures.

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