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Private and government offices in Qatar to have 80% workforce in office from July 28: Cabinet

Jul 22, 2020

In the third phase of its reopening and gradual lifting of COVID-19 restrictions, Qatar cabinet in its weekly meeting has decided to allow private and government offices to operate with 80% attendance in office.

The Prime Minister and Minister of Interior H E Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani chaired the regular meeting held by the Council this afternoon, through video conferencing. 

After the meeting, H E Dr Issa bin Saad Al-Jafali Al-Nuaimi, Minister of Justice and Acting Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs, made the following announcement:

1 - Amending the decision regarding reducing the number of employees in the government sector present at their place of work, to start, according to the need for work, not to exceed 80% of the total number of employees working in the workplace, while the rest of the employees do their work remotely from their homes, or on request, as appropriate.

2 - Amending the decision to reduce the number of workers present in the workplace in the private sector, so that no more than 80% of the total number of workers start their work from the workplace, and the rest of them start their work remotely from their homes.

3 - Amending the decision regarding stopping medical services in health facilities, so that these services are provided within 80% of the capacity of private health care facilities, while continuing to provide emergency services.

4 - Take into account that:
A - Continuation of the previous exceptions decided by the Council of Ministers in this regard.
B - Adherence to health requirements, precautionary measures and measures and controls determined by the Ministry of Public Health.

5 - The competent authorities - each in its jurisdiction - take the necessary measures in this regard.

6 - This decision will be enforced from Tuesday 28/7/2020 until further notice.

After that, the Council considered the topics on the agenda as follows:

First - Approved a draft decision of the Minister of Trade and Industry to amend some provisions of Resolution No. (70) for the year 2006 regarding commercial stores located in residential areas.

Second - The Cabinet reviewed the following two topics, and took the appropriate decision:
1 - The semi-annual report for the period from 10/20/2019 to 20/4/2020 for the committee regulating the ownership and use of real estate by non-Qataris.
Among the committee’s powers are to propose areas in which non-Qataris are permitted to own and use real estate, the terms and conditions of their ownership, and the benefits, incentives and facilities granted to real estate owners and users.

2- The fifth report on the work of the Coordination Committee between the agencies operating at Hamad International Airport during the period from 1/10/2019 to 3/31/2020.

Among the powers of the committee is to coordinate work between all operating bodies at Hamad International Airport, to facilitate the operations and activities of air transportation, aircraft, passengers and cargo and mail to and from the country, in accordance with the laws and regulations in force, and to provide the necessary requirements to facilitate and facilitate the work of the airport activities.