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Dubai eases Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, allows movement during the day

Malls will be allowed to operate for 10 hours daily, starting from midday on Friday, the first day of the Ramadan

Dubai eases Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, allows movement during the day

The stringent curbs on public movement will now be limited to the period between 10pm and 6am. During this period, the public will be allowed to leave their homes only for medical emergencies.


Dubai announced a partial reduction in the restrictions on movement in the emirate, starting from today, Friday 24 April.

The move, which coincides with the start of Ramadan, will allow people to move freely in the emirate for the first time since April 4, and see the reopening of malls, cafes and restaurants under certain conditions. 

The stringent curbs on public movement will now be limited to between 10pm and 6am. During the restricted period, the public will be allowed to leave their homes only for medical emergencies.

Malls will be allowed to operate for 10 hours daily, starting from midday on Friday, the first day of the Ramadan.

Supermarkets, food outlets, groceries and pharmacies will be allowed to operate round the clock, but mosques will remain shut during the holy month. 

Family entertainment facilities and cinemas will remain shut while restaurants and hotels can be run only by 30 percent of their staff at a time.

Restaurants and cafes are not permitted to serve shisha or buffet dining and customers must observe social distancing. Hair salons will be allowed reopen, but prior booking must be made and services will be restricted to hair and nail services.

Dubai also allowed public transport including metro to resume services from April 26.

The government however required all people to wear face masks at all times and said violators will be fined AED1,000 dirhams ($272).

Dubai's Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management said "stringent measures undertaken over the last three weeks have significantly helped to mitigate the crisis".

UAE has reported 8,756 cases of coronavirus and 56 deaths.

Full details of what was announced

Movement

  • People can leave their homes between 6am and 10pm without a permit.
  • Face masks must be worn, gloves are optional
  • The public will be required to strictly follow precautionary measures which include maintaining physical distance from others as per guidelines and wearing a face mask.
  • No public or private gatherings.
  • Public movement will now be limited to the period between 10pm and 6am.
  • During this period, the public will be allowed to leave their homes only for medical emergencies.

Visiting relatives

  • Members of the public are permitted to visit first and second-degree relatives.
  • Gatherings should be restricted to not more than five people.
  • Visiting high-risk individuals (individuals above 60 years and those with underlying medical conditions) should be avoided.
  • Ramadan tents and Majlises are not allowed within homes and in public places.

Exercise 

  • Members of the public are allowed to exercise outside their homes provided they do not leave their area of residence.
  • They can undertake activities such as walking, running, or cycling for 1-2 hours each time.
  • A maximum of three people can exercise together at the same time.
  • People must follow preventive measures including ensuring two-meter distance from other individuals and wearing face masks.

Malls, restaurants and hotels

  • To open for 10 hours, from 12pm to 10pm.
  • Visitor numbers must not exceed 30% of capacity.
  • Restaurants and shops in malls are allowed to operate at a maximum of 30% capacity.
  • Those older than 60 years and children between the ages of 3 and 12 years are not permitted.
  • Visitors to be submitted to temperature checks; must wear masks.
  • No valet parking at malls and restaurants. The first hour of parking in shopping malls will be free.
  • Only 25% of the parking spaces will be open in order to reduce overcrowding in malls.
  • All shopping malls will have a medical isolation room for emergency purposes in case someone in the mall is suspected to be infected with the virus.
  • As part of a new mandatory policy, purchases can be returned or exchanged at all stores and outlets only of there is a defect.
  • Hotels will be allowed to operate without opening pools, gyms, sauna and massage parlours.
  • Restaurants are allowed to provide food delivery services between 10pm and 6am.
  • Services offered at salons for males and females will be restricted to hair and nail services

Metro, Buses & Taxis

  • Public transport services, including Dubai metro services, will resume Sunday.
  • Red and green line metro services will operate between 7am and 11pm.
  • Passengers to follow social distancing measures.
  • Only two passengers are allowed in one taxi.

Offices

  • Employees are allowed to work in offices only if it is absolutely necessary.
  • Their numbers should not exceed 30% of the total workforce.
  • Face masks to be worn.
  • Meetings should be held at the office only if it is absolutely necessary.

The Committee has also outlined a new list of exempted commercial activities and vital sectors:

  • Shopping malls
  • Retail shops
  • Open Souqs
  • Pharmacies
  • Financial services
  • Restaurants and cafes (Shisha and buffets will not be served)
  • Food services
  • Delivery services
  • Social welfare services
  • Maintenance and repair services
  • Laundry services
  • Nail and hair salons (Only through pre-booked appointments)
  • Healthcare services (Hospitals and clinics)
  • Food Supply outlets
  • Industrial supply chain for services and basic commodities
  • Manufacturers of medicines and providers of healthcare and medical supplies
  • Industrial sectors
  • Water and electricity sector, petrol and gas stations and district cooling services
  • Telecommunications
  • Media
  • Airports, airlines, ports, shipping
  • Customs duty and border crossings
  • Public and private security services
  • Municipality services and public and private service providers involved in garbage collection, sewage management and general cleaning and sanitation
  • Public Transport (taxis, buses and metro)
  • Construction sector
  • Hotels
  • Office

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