Qatar tightened restrictions on commercial activities on Monday (May 18), ordering all shops to close until the end of the month as part of measures to curtail the spread of the novel Corona virus.
According to a decision taken at a cabinet meeting pharmacies, food supply stores and food deliveries will reopen.
Malls and dine-in restaurants were already closed but other stores had still been operating.
Other measures approved by the cabinet include requiring all citizens and residents to install a mobile app designed to track COVID-19 cases starting from May 22.
No more than two people can be in a car and up to three in a chauffeured vehicle, while buses must operate at half capacity. People can exercise in public near their residence if they practice physical distancing and wear face masks.