Dubai announces new measures amid rising COVID cases

 Wednesday, February 3, 2021 


Dubai has announced a new set of measures in order to curb the rising number of COVID-19 cases recorded recently in the emirate. The new rules will be executed with immediate effect and will remain in place until the end of the month. The United Arab Emirates as a whole has recorded around 3,000 daily cases COVID-19, up from 1,000 a day in December.

In particular, Dubai has recently sought to attract overseas visitors, offering something close to normal life while Europe and the United States have been under another round of lockdown. However, COVID cases have recently been on the rise and the new set of measures has been introduced to cut the case numbers. All hotels will be required to operate at 70 per cent of capacity, while the number of guests allowed inside swimming pools and private beaches will also be cut.

Pubs and bars across Dubai will be closed and restaurants and cafes will be required to close by 01:00 AM, while they will not be allowed to organise any entertainment activities in their premises. Audience capacity at seated indoor venues, including cinemas as well as entertainment and sports venues, will be reduced to 50 per cent of the maximum.  The number of guests allowed inside swimming pools and private beaches in hotels is now limited to 70 per cent of total capacity. Shopping malls will also be operated at a reduced capacity.

Officials encouraged members of the community to report any violations of COVID-19 measured by individuals or establishments to the police. Authorities informed that enforcing preventive protocols and observing health and safety guidelines remains the most effective method to combating the virus.

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