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Covid-19 in UAE: Hotels Reopen Swimming Pools and Follow New Safety Rules

swimming pool, Fernando Gomez, Vogue Arabia July/august 2019

Photographed by Fernando Gomez for Vogue Arabia

Feel like you have been away from the pool for too long? Good news is on the horizon. As per a new set of Covid-19 guidelines for hotels across the UAE, swimming pools and beaches in hotels can resume operation under a minimum capacity.

These guidelines issued by The National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority are in line with the easing of restrictions in the UAE alongside the precautionary measures being taken to safeguard public health. According to the new set of rules, hotels across the emirates can now welcome guests looking to treat themselves to a Summer pool day while ensuring enhanced sanitation. While signs put up around the pool area will remind guests about social distancing, beaches will be sectioned off to avoid overcrowding and each section will have its own maximum capacity.

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Those adding a staycation to their pool day itinerary should know that hotels are required to keep the rooms empty for 24 hours after a guest checks-out to ensure time for proper sanitation in-between visits. All hotel employees will also be tested for Covid-19 prior to reopening and will be re-tested every 15 days, and the infrared temperature scanners and thermal cameras installed will regularly monitor the temperatures of guests and staff.

Other hotel facilities that are allowed to resume operations with limited capacities include restaurants, gyms, and cafés, however, spas, children’s play areas, and prayer rooms will remain closed. The guidelines also state that restaurants at the hotels can only operate between 6am and 9pm, with a maximum of four people allowed to be seated at socially-distanced tables, and the menus will be disinfected regularly.

The wearing of masks continues to remain mandatory throughout the hotel and elevators can occupy a maximum of four guests at a time. While these guidelines apply to all hotels across the emirates, some larger hotel groups have also announced their own safety standards so make sure to enquire about those prior to making bookings.

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