The result is a comprehensive program devised to ensure strict hygiene standards for all tourist attractions in the Arabian country. Complying with governmental standards of disinfection and sterilization, the first stage of “Qatar Clean” was targeted towards hospitality workers and their guests, awarding the certificate to hotels that prioritize the prevention of spreading the virus. Since then, more than 100 hotels have been certified, and the program was extended to all activities involved with tourism, including restaurants, shopping malls and health clubs/salons.
Since the start of the pandemic, the Gulf country has recorded 118,778 cases of COVID-19, 197 deaths and 115,667 recoveries. The height of infections per day was on May 30th, where 2,366 cases were written down, however, they have been regularly decreasing, and as of late, August 31st only recorded 203 infections. The “Qatar Clean” program was introduced between May and June for Phase 1, which may have influenced the plummet in daily cases.
The Minister of Public Health, Hanan Mohamed Al-Kuwari, highlighted the sheer importance of this program for their country: “We welcome the implementation of the Qatar Clean program and are pleased to cooperate with the National Tourism Council to provide a safe and healthy tourism experience for the residents of Qatar in all the country’s hotels. We will study the expansion of the initiative and its potential application in other sectors, to ensure our continued success in limiting the spread of the Coronavirus and maintaining the health and well-being of the people of Qatar.”