Dubai’s Supreme Committee on Crisis and Disaster Management, headed by Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, announced that the Covid-19 precautionary measures introduced in early February will be extended until the beginning of Ramadan in mid-April.
The decision is based on an assessment of the evolving Covid-19 situation, data showing the effectiveness of tightened security measures, and recommendations from frontline authorities, according to a report by the Wam news agency.
The Supreme Committee said the country’s response to the pandemic is part of an integrated plan to fight COVID-19. The committee commended the National Authority for Crisis and Disaster Management (NCEMA) and the Department of Health and Prevention for their success in coordinating efforts to combat the pandemic and said it would continue to monitor local and international developments for an optimal response to ensure.
The committee praised the pace of the Covid-19 vaccination campaign in Dubai and the United Arab Emirates. As of February 25, the United Arab Emirates had had more than 5.8 million vaccine doses and over 30 million tests. The country has one of the highest vaccination and testing rates in the world. These numbers show the strength and preparedness of the UAE health system, the committee said.
Precautions that will be extended until the start of Ramadan include:
* Indoor venues, including cinemas and entertainment and sports venues, will continue to operate at 50% of maximum capacity and with heightened precautions;
* Visitors to shopping centers and guests in hotel facilities as well as in swimming pools and private beaches in hotels are limited to 70% of the total capacity;
* Restaurants and cafes must close by 1 a.m.
* Pubs / bars remain closed.
* Increased surveillance and inspection campaigns will continue to ensure strict compliance with measures such as physical distancing and the wearing of face masks.
The committee urged the public to continue to observe precautionary measures and stressed that their commitment to fighting the pandemic is vital. Adhering to prevention protocols and safety guidelines remains the most effective way to fight the virus, the committee added.