Qatar announces ease in Covid-19 restrictions

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Qatar, on Wednesday, announced the reopening of education and leisure centres but with limited capacity as the country saw a dip in COVID-19 cases.

Restaurants will also be allowed to operate under set conditions as easing of coronavirus-related measures was announced.

A cabinet statement circulated via state media allowed limited gatherings at homes but only for vaccinated people. The statement said malls can operate at a capacity of 30 per cent but children under 12 are not allowed.

Salons, Gyms, and pools are also allowed to reopen and operate at a limited capacity however bans are still intact on weddings, conferences and exhibitions.

Furthermore, international and local sporting events are to take place with fully vaccinated fans at a capacity of 30 per cent. Venues are to take permission from the health ministry first.

It was announced earlier this month that the country will gradually lift its coronavirus-related curbs in four phases. The first phase is to start on May 28 and the fourth will commence on July 30.

Qatar recorded 306 fresh  Covid-19 infections on Wednesday that took its total to 216,397 cases with 552 deaths.

So far, more than 1,004,136 people have been fully vaccinated in Qatar as per the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH). This count includes at least 120,000 health workers.

The country initially prioritised essential workers and then focused on inoculating basic working groups. The vaccination drive, regardless of age, is aimed to support the sound implementation of the plan for the gradual lift of restrictions.

Those prioritised include those who directly mix with community members such as hairdressers, barbers, restaurants, stores, hotels and hospitality services. People from the Covid-19 vaccination appointment unit closely coordinated with multiple business sectors to set appointments for all employees in recent weeks to make sure that they receive the vaccines.

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