In an effort to curb the spread of Covid-19, all entertainment activities in Dubai must now end by 1am. The announcement was made by Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) on Thursday, September 24, and was expected to be implemented on the same day.
Entertainment outlets were cautioned to adhere to the new guidelines with immediate effect. This includes hotel establishments, venues, events, conferences, organizers, and retailers in Dubai. Hotel establishments are also expected to suspend the provision of food and beverage services after 3am, including the closure of venues, with the only exception being delivery and room services.
Moreover, the large number of crowds that visit entertainment venues especially during the weekends poses a potential threat in the transmission of Covid-19.
This is among the many efforts done to limit the ongoing spread of the coronavirus as the UAE has been experiencing a recent spike in the number of Covid-19 cases. Moreover, on the same day in which the regulation was announced, the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) declared 1,002 new cases of Covid-19.
The comprehensive list of protective measures issued by MoHAP includes wearing a face mask at all times, social distancing and strictly avoiding large-scale gatherings. With A total of 9.2 million tests conducted so far, the ministry has facilitated the method for taking the Polymerase Chain Reaction test (PCR) by lowering the cost of the test and providing various accessible outlets. Taking the PCR test is part of the precautionary Covid-19 guidelines, as it is mandatory to take the PCR test and quarantine for 14 days if any of the Covid-19 symptoms are detected. Failing to abide by the protective measures would be considered a violation of the rules, in which violators must then face a compulsory monetary fine.