February 03, 2021
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.
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.
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.
#Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management announces new set of precautionary measures against COVID-19— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) February 1, 2021
Supreme Committee: Measures taken in response to rise in violations of preventive measures
Measures effective from 2nd February to 28th February 2021 pic.twitter.com/DmIN1ruuob
• 50% reduction in capacity of indoor seated venues including cinemas,entertainment&sports venues.— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) February 1, 2021
- Malls to operate at 70% capacity
• Hotels to operate at 70% capacity; new bookings should comply.
• Capacity of swimming pools&private beaches in hotels to be limited to 70%. pic.twitter.com/MrXvH90V4F
•Restaurants and cafes required to close by 1.00AM— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) February 1, 2021
•Tougher penalties for deliberately disregarding preventive measures
•Public encouraged to report violations by individuals or entities through Dubai Police’s Call Centre 901 or Police Eye service through Dubai Police App pic.twitter.com/i8LEETaf6U
What others had to say about this
Close swimming pools, cinemas, entertainment places man— Salwa Faisal (@SalwaFaisal11) February 1, 2021
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