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Qatar announces new decisions to lift restrictions on recreational gaming activities

DOHA, Dec 31: (KUNA) : The Ministry of Commerce and Industry announced the fourth stage of the gradual lifting of restrictions on recreational activities in amusement centers and parks. This decision goes into effect as of Sunday, January 3, 2021.

In line with the previous decisions adopted to preserve Qatar citizens and residents’ health and safety, and limit the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the following has been decided:

Allowing the gradual resumption of recreational activities in amusement centers and parks, with an operational capacity of no more than 50%.

Recreational activities managers shall 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 shall comply with the following guidelines:

Visitors are allowed entry only after checking their health status code in the EHTERAZ app, and only those with a green code are allowed entry, with the exception of children.
Individuals who do not wear medical masks are denied entry, and visitors are required to keep their masks on while they are inside the entertainment site, except for children aged under ten years old.

Visitors’ temperatures must be measured, and individuals whose temperature is over 38 degrees Celsius are denied entry to the recreational activity site.

Visitors must be made aware of the need to maintain a safe distance of at least two metres.

The owners of companies providing entertainment services should comply with epidemic prevention circulars, decisions and directives, including:

Instructions for the gradual reopening plan, and the timeline announced by the Supreme Committee for Crisis Management.

Circulars and decisions issued by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

Instructions related to the responsibilities of employers to limit the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), and directives for health and safety regulations issued by the Ministry of Public Health

The policies set by the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs on the precautionary measures to prevent and reduce the spread of the epidemic.

The resumption of entertainment activities would take place in three stages as follows:

The first stage As of January 3, 2021, outdoor playgrounds, kid’s outdoor games, billiards and bowling
The second stage: As of January 11, 2021, including electronic games and trampolines
The third stage: As of January 24, 2021, including bouncers, inflatable games, and ball pits

This decision goes into effect as of Sunday, January 3, 2021, and may be subject to amendments and updates according to the latest developments in this regard. Any violation of this decision exposes perpetrators to legal accountability and procedures.

The Ministry stresses that the success of each stage of the comprehensive plan of gradually lifting restrictions depends on the compliance of all individuals with the required preventive and precautionary measures.

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