In Qatar, failure to wear a mask outside means P2.6 million fine


Posted at May 15 2020 07:09 AM

A surgical mask is seen in this illustration taken, April 6, 2020. Kai Pfaffenbach, Reuters/File

CAIRO - Qatar's interior ministry announced on Thursday that wearing masks will be mandatory to go outside starting Sunday, and those who do not comply will be fined up to 200,000 riyals or around P2.6 million.

Violators could also be jailed up to 3 years, or either of those punishments, according to a statement on the ministry's Twitter account.

The statement added that the only exception will be if the person is alone driving in a vehicle.

Qatar reported 1,733 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours for a total of 28,272 cases and a total of 14 deaths.