It’s Tuesday 30th of June, this is the news in 60 seconds

In readiness for phase 2 of the easing of restrictions tomorrow. Lets go over a few things. Because like me, you may be imagining that things are returning to as they were before COVID-19 tomorrow. And trust me, they are not. Precautions must still be in place for our safety. So to avoid disappointment, here are the guidelines issued to shopping centers and restaurants.

Oh and before I start reading this extensive list. One other thing. Food outlets in Malls are still unable to let you dine in, even after tomorrow. But now all shops in malls will be open including the smaller ones.

Now on to the list:-

No walk in customers. Pre-booking is a requirement.

Check diners temperature and green Ehteraz App upon entry

No open buffets

No Shisha

Must wear a mask

Hand sanitizer to be provided

Safe distance stickers on the floor

Two meter gap between tables

Maximum of 5 people per table

Reduce restaurant capacity to 50%

Encourage payment by card not cash

Reduce parking spaces by 50%

Ban smoking at restaurant entrances

Ban gathering of diners or limousine and taxi drivers at entrances

Continuously measure body temperature of restaurant staff

Continuously sterilize all restaurant facilities including administration areas

Now on to parks and beaches. So the fist thing to note is that children’s play areas in parks will remain closed. However, I’m just reading that Katara have been busy disinfecting their children’s playground. So theirs may be open. Katara also say that they that they have 130 sitting places on beach 3, 100 on beach 4 and 50 on beach 5. Each sitting spot can accommodate up to 6 people. Swimming is only allowed on beaches 3 and 4. And the Jet Ski ramp will be open from 3pm until sunset for those who own their own ski’s.

Some museums will open tomorrow, but not the National Museum of Qatar, which remains closed for continued renovations. However, you can have a wander around the outside and visit it’s café and gift shops.

Qatar National Library doesn’t reopen until the 15th  of July,  so please don’t go there tomorrow. And when it does reopen you have to book a morning or afternoon slot online before turning up.

All commercial outlets will be allowed to resume their operations in Gold Souq, Souq Waqif Doha, Souq Al Ali, Souq Al Wakrah, Al Gharafa Market and Thursday and Friday Markets.

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry has allowed restaurants in Souq Waqif, Souq Al Wakrah, The Pearl, Katara, Museums, Al Hazm and Mesheireb to resume their operations.

In other news, The Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs is teaming up with The Supreme Judiciary, to open an office for implementation of rulings. This is a long press release that reads like a contract, so I’m guessing someone legal wrote it. But basically it looks like the office is going to make it easier to track your case, and ensure that rulings are abided by. The office is located in Al Huda Tower near City Center in West Bay.

Now, let’s take a quick look at the numbers for yesterday’s COVID update – Which shows 693 new positive cases. 1,468 recoveries and I’m very sorry to say, 3 deaths.

Active cases are now 14,823 meaning a decrease of 778 in the previous 24hr period.

That’s all for today, please take care, and I’ll see ya tomorrow.

The Qatar News in around 60 Seconds – Tuesday 30th June 2020

Read by Brian Candy

Sources @Qatar_Tribune @PeninsulaQatar @MOPHQatar

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