Qatar to further ease coronavirus restrictions

Qatar is registering fewer coronavirus cases than in previous weeks, and public spaces, mosques and offices can now start to reopen.

al-monitor Muslim worshippers pray in a mosque in the Qatari capital Doha on June 15, 2020, after the easing of the restrictions imposed by the coronavirus pandemic.  Photo by KARIM JAAFAR/AFP via Getty Images.

Jun 29, 2020

Qatar will further ease coronavirus-related restrictions on Wednesday, the government announced yesterday, citing the “weakening amount of virus cases.”

The Supreme Committee for Crisis Management announced that mosques will continue to reopen on July 1 to limited numbers of worshippers, and that parks, beaches and boardwalks can have pedestrian traffic. Gatherings will be allowed of five people maximum, which is reduced from the previous 10, and people can go on boats with up to 10 people. Offices can work with 50% of their employees, and restaurants, libraries and museums can reopen at a “limited” capacity, according to a press release.

The decision is part of the second phase of Qatar’s plan for a staggered reopening, which began on June 15 with the first reopening of mosques.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases are still increasing in the Gulf country, but by fewer cases than weeks prior. Qatar registered more than 1,700 cases within 24 hours of the first reopening announcement and had more than 1,000 cases a day for much of May.

In comparison, Qatar registered 693 COVID-19 cases today. This follows 750 cases yesterday and 879 cases on Saturday, according to Ministry of Health statistics. The country has had 94,993 total confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus to date and has 14,823 active cases, per the ministry.