MOCI Announces First Stage of Easing Restrictions on Malls and Shopping Centers

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MOCI) has announced that in order to complete the previous decisions and measures taken by the State of Qatar to preserve the health and safety of citizens and residents, and to curb the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), the following decisions have been taken:

Malls and shopping centers will be allowed to operate from 8 AM until 8 PM from Monday, 15 June 2020 when the first phase of lifting Coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions begins, but these businesses will remain closed on Fridays and Saturdays.

Based on this decision, the following businesses are allowed to resume their activities:

Partial opening of some shops in commercial centers provided that the outlet’s floor space is not less than 300 square meters

Restaurants that provide home deliveries or hand over orders at the restaurant, while prohibiting customers from dining in

The decision also stipulates that gaming centers, amusement parks, skateboard arenas, prayer rooms and cinemas will remain closed. This decision also prohibits any artistic, cultural or recreational activities at malls and commercial centers.

The decision comes into effect from Monday, 15 June 2020 and may be subject to amendments and updates according to the latest developments in this regard. Any violation of the decision will subject perpetrators to legal accountability and procedures.


Source: Government of Qatar