Covid in Qatar

If you are caught outside your residence without a mask, you can be fined up to 200,000 QR (approximately $55,000).

When I arrived in Qatar, Covid cases started climbing, so the restrictions started increasing. Right now, most everything in Qatar is closed. Beaches, parks, theme-parks, cinemas, theaters, etc. The only thing open are the malls, and even then, only at 30% capacity. Restaurants are take out only, but with Ramadan, most are closed until evening.

The restrictions here are intense, as are the penalties for violating them. If you are caught outside your residence without a mask, you can be fined up to 200,000 QR (approximately $55,000). You even have to wear a mask when you are alone in your car! Although, I have seen most of the solo drivers wearing them as chin straps.

There are no more than four people allowed in a vehicle. Private gatherings are banned (except for families living in the same house). Basically any gathering or activity that is not the mall is banned. And many things are the malls are closed too. Indoor snow parks, indoor theme-parks, food courts, other restaurants, cinemas. Basically only the stores themselves are open.

As far as Covid cases go, Qatar seems to be over the hump with it’s latest spike. The number of new cases is less each day. I’m not sure what threshold they are waiting for, but I am hoping that after Ramadan, they will ease some of the restrictions and allow more things to open.

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