MoPH stresses need for facemasks at certain places as Covid-19 cases rise in Qatar – The Peninsula

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Doha: With the evident increase of new daily Covid-19 cases in Qatar as well as the detection of the Omicron variant in the country, the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) stressed the importance of wearing a facemask to ensure protection against the disease. 
In line with the current MoPH policy, facemasks should be worn in certain indoor and outdoor places. 
For indoor settings, facemasks should be worn in malls, mosques, schools, places of work, and public transport. 
It should also be worn when gathering at indoor private places such as majilises, weddings, funerals, and social visits. 
For outdoor settings, wearing a mask is not mandatory if the place is open air. 
Otherwise, citizens and residents must wear a facemask when in organized public activities in markets, exhibitions and during events. 
Facemasks should also be worn within the campus of mosques, schools, universities and hospitals. 
In the workplace in open air, if the nature of work requires to be in contact with clients outdoors such as security staff and waiters, masks should be worn.
Apart from this, MoPH also stated that people should wear mask in outdoor settings in the following situations:
– If a person is unable to maintain physical distance from others.
– If a person is unvaccinated or around unvaccinated individuals.
– If a person is immunocompromised or vulnerable to severe COVID-19 (such as elderly or with chronic disease) even when you are vaccinated.

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