Qatar: Malls, Shopping Centers Reopen with Limited Capacity

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Some shops and outlets operating in malls and shopping centres reopened their doors for customers as the first phase of the lifting of restrictions kicked-off yesterday.

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry in a recent circular allowed the partial opening of some shops in the commercial centres, provided that the outlet’s floor space is not less than 300 square metres.

The decision came under the first stage of the gradual lifting of restrictions on malls and shopping centres.

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Malls and stores have placed stickers instructing visitors to maintain social distancing.
Customers returned to clothing, sports and toy shops and electronic showrooms among others which reopened yesterday as part of the first phase of the lifting of coronavirus restrictions in the country.

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry has allowed malls and shopping centres to operate during weekdays from 8am to 8pm. They will be closed on Fridays and Saturdays.

Malls and shopping centres can allow shoppers in the premises only after checking the colour code identifying the individual’s health condition in the Ehteraz app. Only green code holders are allowed to enter.

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They are also required to bar people not wearing a medical mask and compel visitors to wear one throughout their time at the mall. Those under the age of 12 and over 60 years are not allowed to enter the malls.

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