The Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoCI) has announced the gradual lifting of restrictions on restaurants which will be allowed to resume their operations (including receiving clients) after obtaining pre-approval of the Ministry. The conditions for obtain the pre-approval include the following points. They must Register for “Qatar Clean” programme at: www.qatarclean.com They must download the restaurants’ requirements form, fill out the required information and submit it by email to: email@example.com. Once submitted, the application will be reviewed and approval will be granted when restaurants have met the required conditions. According to the Ministry, restaurants which fail to meet the required conditions will only be authorised to deliver orders or process takeaways for customers outside the restaurant, in accordance with previous decisions issued. The Ministry of Commerce and Industry and the Ministry of Public Health will also carry out an inspection campaigns of restaurants which fill out the form. All restaurants 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. These include requiring clients to pre-book before coming to the restaurant, only allowing diners into the restaurant only after checking the health colour code on the Ehteraz app. Only green code holders will be allowed in. Open buffet service will be prohibited and only pre-defined menus will be served.
Serving shisha will be prohibited. They must also bar people who are not wearing a medical mask and checking the y temperature of diners at the entrance and bar any customer whose temperature is above 38 degrees Celsius. Hand sanitisers must also be provided across restaurant facilities and safe distance stickers placed on restaurant floors Tables should be spaced no less than two metres between each table and a maximum of five people will be allowed to sit at each table (except for family dining). Restaurant capacity is reduced to 50% and clients should be rncouraging clients to pay using credit cards rather than cash. Parking spaces available to customers should also be reduced to 50%.
In addition, smoking should be banned at the restaurant entrances and all containers for cigarette waste removed Diners or limousine and taxi drivers should also be prevented from gathering at the entrance of tourist areas. Temperatures of restaurant staff, should be taken continuously and employees who exhibit symptoms isolated, and relevant authorities informed. There should also be continuous sterilising of all restaurant facilities, including administrative offices, warehouses, employee housing, and affiliated vehicles. “This decision will be effective from 28 July 2020, and may be subject to amendments and updates according to the latest developments in this regard. Full story