As coronavirus cases continue to surge in the UAE, Dubai authorities have issued multiple new safety measures to keep residents and tourists safe from Covid-19. The new directives outline the changes made to entertainment events, private gatherings, weddings, restaurants, gyms, and hospitals across the emirate.
On Thursday, January 21, Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing issued a statement wherein all hotels and restaurants had to suspend entertainment activities, including performances by DJs, bands, and dancers, effective immediately. The announcements were made after the department carried out field inspections within these establishments and determined that most violations were taking place while entertainment activities were in progress. In the healthcare sector, the Dubai Health Authority also issued the suspension of all non-essential surgeries, which will last for a month.
The next day, Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management announced the directive on the number of people attending weddings, social events, and private parties, limiting it to not more than 10 people and stated that they must be first degree relatives. Restaurants and cafés have also been made to increase the mandatory distance between tables, from two meters to three meters, and groups have been limited to seven people in restaurants and four in cafés. The sweeping changes also apply to gyms which have been instructed by the Dubai Economy and the Dubai Sports Council to increase the physical distance between sporting equipment, from two meters to three meters
According to the chief of Dubai Police, Lt General Abdullah Khalifa Al Merri, the recent spike in the number of positive Covid-19 cases is due to the neglect in abiding by the precautionary measures like social distancing and wearing of masks at private gatherings, Gulf News reported.
The guidelines still in effect in the UAE include the mandatory wearing of face masks, a limit of three non-family members traveling in a car, including the driver, and a limit of two passengers in a taxi.