Businesses in Qatar can send 80 percent of their workforce back to the offices, but with physical distancing requirements in place. Most banks have now reopened around the country, but several are now closing branches and encouraging customers to switch to online banking as much as possible.
Schools have reopened and are following a hybrid model, with classes at 50 percent reduced capacity as well as online learning. However, seven schools were closed in the first week of September due to reported COVID cases among either teachers or students.
Hotels are now all operational, and the hospitality sector is faring well with quarantine programs, ‘staycations’ and F&B offers.
Qatar Airways is opening more routes every day, with a major push for the carrier to remain the number one international carrier across the world during this crisis. However, this is bringing increased tensions due to the increase in airline activity, as well as ongoing court cases between Qatar and the UAE.
Projects in construction are ongoing and banks have been weathering the crisis well, with no major impact on the financial sector. Activities in preparation for the 2020 FIFA Club World Cup are progressing as per normal.