Qatar Announces Phased Lifting of COVID-19 Restrictions

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Qatar has unveiled a four-phase plan to lift the restrictions imposed to limit the spread of the new coronavirus in the country.

The first phase in the gradual easing of the restrictions is due to begin on June 15, the second on July 1, the third a month later; and the last on September 1, Lolwa Bint Rashid Al Khater, the spokesperson for the Supreme Committee for Crisis Management, said.

The first phase includes the gradual reopening of mosques while taking into consideration strict health precautions, she added.

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In the second phase, a gathering of 10 persons will be permitted, reaching to maximum 40 in the third phase with the related restriction to be lifted in the fourth but in line with certain regulations.

Flights from low-risk countries will be allowed in the third phase for priority passengers such as Iqamat holders who will be quarantined for two weeks, according to the official.

The official warned that should there be non-compliance or emergence of a negative indication, some restrictions would be reimposed or there could be delay in starting the ensuing phases.

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