Qatar Enacts Law to Ban Group Gatherings

A law banning gathering of all forms in Qatar has been enacted. These refer to: social functions at homes, majlis, mourning, Corniche, courtyard of mosques, social gathering, beaches, public parks, and vehicles. The Prime Minister and Minister of Interior announced this law.

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It was further clarified that using cars, buses, and trucks are not prohibited for travel as long as these will be used for essential travelling, and not for leisure. This law is part of the measures implemented in the country to prevent the further spread of the virus.

Public Gatherings Banned in Qatar

All kinds of group gatherings are now banned in Qatar to limit the spread of the virus. This is now a law, in accordance with the decision of His Excellency Prime Minister and Minister of Interior.

According to the decision, posted in Twitter, these public gatherings are now banned:

  • Social functions at homes
  • Majlis
  • Corniche
  • Courtyard at mosques
  • Social gathering
  • Beaches
  • Public parks
  • Vehicles such as cars, buses, and trucks – it was clarified that using these transportation is allowed as long as it is official or for trips that are absolutely necessary

Subsequent tweets remind the public that it is their responsibility to support the efforts of the government in containing the spread of the pandemic. Everyone is also reminded to report to authorities those who disobey the quarantine rules.

This is the message:

Here are the measures taken by other government ministries that encourage social distancing of the public:

The Ministry of Public Health has been advocating for the postponing of holding social activities, as well as going to crowded places. This reminder particularly mentioned that the elderly and those with chronic health problems can easily be infected so they should not go out unless it is necessary.

In March 18, 2020, it was decided by the Ministry of Endowment and Islamic Affairs that mosques will be temporarily closed. This should lessen the reason for people to gather in and around mosques. (SEE ALSO: Qatar Closes Malls, Shopping Centers, Barber Shops, Spas, and Mosques)

Gatherings are not allowed in the country. To this effect, even those who gather at eating establishments are not permitted. It was also announced that outdoor camping will no longer be allowed. Those who have set up camps are reminded to remove them on March 25, 2020.

According to the Ministry of Municipality and Environment, one of the measures they have taken was to close public beaches and public parks. For instance, the AlKhor Family Park and Dahlul-Haman Family Park were closed since March 13, 2020.

These precautionary measures are implemented to help control the spread of the virus so that the public will be safe. The government requires that everyone will comply, or risk being penalized.