Qatar Directs 80% Private Sector Employees to Work Remotely

His Excellency Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Interior chaired the meeting held by the Council of Ministers through video conferencing.

Some important points:
1)    80 per cent of private sector employees to work from home
2)    Rest will work from 7 am to 1 pm
3)    Stop home cleaning services
4)    Reduce the number of workers transported to half the capacity of the bus

Following the meeting, the Minister of Justice and Acting Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs HE Dr.Issa bin Saad Al Jafali Al Nuaimi issued the following statement:

The full cabinet decisions are:

First: To reduce the number of employees present at the workplace in government agencies.

Second: Reducing the number of workers present in the workplace in the private sector to 20% of the total number of workers in each agency, and 80% of the rest of the workers start their work remotely from their homes.


1 – The working hours for employees and workers at their workplace in the government and private sectors will be six working hours per day, starting from 7 am to 1 pm.
2 – The food stores, pharmacies, and restaurants that do delivery orders are excluded from this decision. The Ministry of Trade and Industry, in coordination with the concerned authorities, shall determine other necessary activities exempted from this decision.
3 – All meetings held for employees and workers in government and private sectors shall be made using modern technical means, and in the event, this is not possible, and in cases of necessity, the meeting shall be held by no more than 5 persons, taking into account the preventive measures determined by the Ministry of Public Health.


1- Temporary stopping of home services system provided by cleaning and hospitality companies.
2- Reducing the number of workers who are transported by buses to half the capacity of the bus, taking precautionary measures.
3 – The Ministry of Trade and Industry continues to intensify inspection procedures for food and food outlets to ensure that they comply with health requirements and preventive and precautionary measures and measures, including leaving the safe distance between shoppers.

Fifth – The following are excluded from the decisions referred to in items (First), and (Third / Items 1 and 3):
1 – Military
2- Security sector
3- Ministry of Foreign Affairs and diplomatic missions
4- Health sector
5- Oil and gas sector
6 – Employees of government agencies whose nature of their work requires their presence, according to what is decided by the head of the competent authority
7 – Workers in major state projects.

Sixth – These decisions are effective from Thursday April 4th, 2020 for a period of two weeks. During this period, the situation will be evaluated to take the appropriate decision.

Seventh – The competent authorities – each within its competence – take the necessary measures to implement these decisions.

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