COVID-19: Prevention of Infectious Diseases Law in Qatar Q&A

    May 2020

    Law no. 9 of 2020 (the “Amendment”) issued by HH the Emir on 26 March 20201 amends Decree Law no. 17 of 1990 on the Prevention of Infectious Diseases (the “Initial Law”; the Amendment and the Initial Law being collectively referred to as the “Law”).

    The Law aims at curbing the spread of infectious diseases generally and, more recently, the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, by: (i) providing health authorities with broad powers to prevent the spread of infectious diseases; and (ii) imposing certain reporting requirements (including self-reporting) with associated penalties for failing to do so.