DOHA: The Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning has intensified inspections of eateries, beauty salons and other outlets across the country to ensure they comply with health regulations.
In the latest of a series of crackdowns, Al Daain Municipality ordered temporary closure of an eatery and a beauty parlour. The eatery was shut for two months and the beauty salon for one month.
Director of Al Daain Municipality, Fahd Mohammad Al Qahtani, issued an administrative decision to shut a restaurant in Al Kheesa for two months for violating some provisions of law No. 8 of 1990 on food monitoring, said a post on the ministry’s website on Wednesday.
The closure of the restaurant is apparently due to a repetition of violations. The same restaurant was closed down for one month in 2011. A amendment in the law allows closure of eateries and other food outlets straight for two months. The amended law will take effect as soon as executive regulations are issued. The eatery was caught during an inspection drive on commercial outlets launched by the health monitoring section of the municipality.
Al Qahtani issued another decision to shut down the beauty parlour for violating some provisions of law No. 3 of 1975 regulating commercial shops.
The civic body, meanwhile, launched a crackdown on illegal street vendors and is giving training to inspectors on how to identify and catch them as well as other violators. The ministry recently organised a workshop for 40 inspectors who were taken to shops to get practical training on how to detect violations.
They were also educated on how to locate illegal vendors in public places, markets, mosques, schools and at weekend gatherings of expat workers. These vendors usually sell toys, watches, CDs of movies, crackers, food and beverages without a licence and without taking measures to ensure their quality and safety.