UAE Covid-19 measures extended until Ramadan


UAE Covid-19 precautionary measures will be extended until at least the start of Ramadan in mid-April, Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management said on Friday.

The decision is based on an evaluation of the evolving Covid situation and data showing the effectiveness of the intensified safety measures and recommendations of frontline authorities implemented earlier in February

The Supreme Committee, which is headed by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, said the country’s response to the pandemic is part of an integrated plan to combat the pandemic.

It urged the public to continue observing the precautionary measures, stressing that observing preventive protocols and safety guidelines remains the most effective way of combating the virus.

Commending the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (NCEMA), and the Ministry of Health and Prevention for their success in coordinating counter-pandemic measures, the Committee said it will continue to monitor local and international developments to ensure the optimal response.

The UAE reported 3,498 new cases of Covid-19 on Friday, after an additional 187,176 tests. A further 2,478 patients recovered, while 16 died.

The Committee also praised the pace of the coronavirus vaccination drive in Dubai and the UAE.

More than 5.8 million vaccine doses and over 30 million tests have been administered in the UAE as of February 25 – and the country has one of the highest vaccination and testing rates globally.

These figures demonstrate the strength and preparedness of the UAE’s healthcare system, the Committee said.

The UAE precautionary measures being extended until Ramadan

  • Indoor venues, including cinemas and entertainment and sports venues, will continue to operate at 50 per cent of maximum capacity and under intensified precautionary measures.
  • Visitors allowed in shopping malls, and guests in hotel establishments and inside swimming pools and private beaches in hotels, will be limited to 70 per cent of total capacity.
  • Restaurants and cafes will be required to close by 1.00am.
  • Pubs/bars will remain closed
  • Intensified monitoring and inspection campaigns will continue to ensure strict compliance with measures, including physical distancing and wearing of masks.

Published: February 26, 2021 07:28 PM