All You Need To Know About The Tightening Of Covid-19 Rules In Dubai

The United Arab Emirates is battling its biggest outbreak since the pandemic began in January 2021. Dubai is committed to following all the necessary guidelines to ensure the good health of international tourists visiting the city. The city officials, taking the advice from the city’s health authorities, have tightened Covid-19 rules in Dubai to safeguard the wellbeing of visitors travelling to the city.

The Covid-19 cases have been constantly surging in Dubai, reporting a new high of 3,962 new cases on January 29, 2021. The daily cases have been continuously rising in the city since the start of the year and have more than tripled by the end of the first month. The authorities have laid out a new set of guidelines to bring the situation under control.

The new guidelines were announced on January 22, 2021, and February 1, 2021, regulating the movement of people at restaurants, hotels, cafes, and weddings in the city. The rules include a cap on the number of people at various public places and also the do’s and don'ts while in restaurants. Here is all you need to know about the new tightened Covid-19 rules in Dubai, UAE.

The new set of precautionary measures against Covid-19 in Dubai

Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management has announced new precautionary measures to fight against Covid-19. The new measures will be effective from February 2 to February 28, 2021.

1. Regulation at hotels and restaurants

Hotels and restaurants in the city of Dubai will now operate at a 70% capacity. The new hotel bookings must comply with this capacity limit. Within the restaurants, the number of people allowed to sit together per table has been reduced from 10 to 7. Again, the number of people allowed to sit together at a table in cafes is reduced to 4. The minimum distance between any two tables has been increased from 2 to 3 metres.

Also, the restaurants and cafes are required to be closed by 1 am and are not allowed to organise entertainment activities on their premises. The bars and pubs have been shut down until February 28.

2. Regulation at seated indoor venues

Seated indoor venues and cinema halls in Dubai are asked to function at a reduced capacity under the new Covid-19 guidelines. Sports and entertainment venues in the city will now function at 50% of its total capacity.

3. Regulation at pools and beaches

The number of individuals allowed at private beaches and swimming pools in hotels is now limited to 70% of their total capacity.

4. Regulation at malls

Shopping malls are to operate at a reduced capacity of 70%.

5. Regulation in gyms and fitness centers

Gyms and other fitness centers are asked to increase the distance between sports equipment and trainees from 2 metres to 3 metres.

6.Regulation in weddings

The Dubai authorities, under its new precautionary measures, have limited the attendance at weddings, social events, and private parties to first-degree relatives, to a maximum of 10 people. The limit is applicable for weddings at both hotels and homes and is effective from January 27.


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Moreover, tougher penalties have been announced for deliberately disregarding the new preventive measures. The public has also been encouraged to report violations by individuals or entities using Dubai Police’s Call Centre 901 or Police Eye service through Dubai Police App.

Due to the record surge in Coronavirus cases in the city, the authorities have issued an update even to healthcare centres to cancel non-essential surgeries for a month. The vaccination has already started in the city and has been completed by 20%. The city authorities plan to vaccinate half of the city’s population by the end of March.

The Coronavirus condition in Dubai is under close observation of authorities to bring the number of daily cases down in the city.







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