Qatar Bans All Forms of Gathering

The Prime Minister and Minister of Interior H E Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al-Thani issued a decision imposing precautionary measures to prevent all forms of gathering, by the power of law, including but not limited to Corniche; public parks and beaches; and social gatherings, in continuation of the efforts exerted by the State to combat the coronavirus (COVID-19), which is widespread in the world, and to curb its spread among citizens and residents in the country.

The Spokesperson of the Supreme Committee for Crisis Management H E Lolwah bint Rashid bin Mohammed Al Khater said at a press conference, that it has been decided to:

1. Deploy mobile patrols and arrest anyone who violates this decision.

2. Set up checkpoints in different regions of the country.

3. Dedicate a hotline for reporting any violations of this decision and the previous related decisions; the line announced in the previous statement, which is 44579999.

In this regard, HE Lolwah Al Khater confirmed that the food stores and pharmacies as well as delivery services, including restaurants, will operate as normal.

Her Excellency also reiterated that the State of Qatar, with all its relevant organs and bodies, is doing everything it can to preserve the safety of society and to contain the virus without human losses, stressing that individual responsibility and societal sense must prevail among being a decisive factor.

Source: Qatar’s Government Communications Office (GCO)

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