Abu Dhabi will only permit vaccinated people to enter certain public places from August 20. The Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee’s media office said in a tweet on June 28 that the decision applies to universities, institutes, schools, shopping centers, restaurants, gyms, museums, resorts, and all other retail outlets, except those selling essential goods such as supermarkets and pharmacies.
The conclusion is in line with the emirate’s strategy to combat the Covid-19 pandemic and is in sync with precautionary measures taken to preserve public health, including pre-emptive testing campaigns in industrial areas and densely populated areas and the use of modern technologies to detect infection. It also comes after more than 93% of the target groups in the city have received at least one dose, with the campaign offering booster doses to those eligible.
The Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee has approved allowing only those vaccinated to enter some public places, after vaccinating 93 per cent of target groups in the emirate and to preserve public health. pic.twitter.com/KUGz9YWqTa
— مكتب أبوظبي الإعلامي (@admediaoffice) June 28, 2021
The August date is meant to buy time for most citizens in the United Arab Emirates capital to get vaccinated against the virus.
The decision does not apply to unvaccinated individuals with vaccination exemption received through the approved process and registered on Alhosn app, a “green pass” system that limits public access to those who have either received the shot or can show a negative virus test, or to children aged 15 and under.
The UAE boasts one of the highest vaccinates rates in the world, with 15.1 million doses administered to its population of some 9 million, or a rate of 154 doses administered per 100 people, according to a tracker run by The New York Times.
Meanwhile, the UAE recorded six COVID-19 deaths on Monday, raising the death toll to 1,802. The Ministry of Health and Protection also reported 2,040 new confirmed cases, while 1,988 patients recovered from the virus in the last 24 hours.