The Covid-19 Qatar National Response Plan
The Covid-19 Qatar National Response Plan sets out the actions required to ensure that the health, well-being and prosperity of Qatar’s people are protected by taking action to prepare for, monitor, respond and recover from any outbreak of Covid-19. The Recovery and Continuity phase of the National Plan will support people, systems and the broader economy to return to business as usual, learn lessons and enhance future response capabilities.
Whole Government Approach
Covid-19 restrictions affect the whole of society. Therefore, this plan for the controlled lifting of those restrictions requires a whole Government approach, with national coordination and decision-making. Well evidenced decisions will be implemented in a carefully coordinated timetable with strict monitoring and reporting. The cross-Government roles and responsibilities set out in the National Plan will continue through the Recovery and Continuity phase.
Controlled Gradual Lifting of Restrictions
Restrictions will be gradually lifted in four phases in accordance with a set timetable. Government decisions to initiate phases will be informed by meeting pre-defined evidential criteria and the consideration of wider factors. The order of lifting will reflect a balance between the continuing protection of the public and the restoration of social and economic life.
28 May 2021
18 June 2021
9 July 2021
3 October 2021
The decision to move from one phase to the next is informed by the following:
- All key performance indicators are within their respective target values.
- Compliance to COVID Precautionary Measures (e.g. adherence to physical distancing) is achieved.
- At least 3 weeks have passed since the last lifting of restrictions (to allow 2 weeks data analysis).
- Between phases, a stringently defined process of monitor-review-adapt is conducted.
- Any earlier lifting of restrictions would require additional countermeasures and preparedness.