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Covid-19: UAE publishes new guidelines for visits, exercise

Residents can only exercise near their home when following safety guidelines

Covid-19: UAE publishes new guidelines for visits, exercise

The UAE’s Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) and the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) have issued new guidelines for exercise and visits as it eases restrictions amid the Covid-19 pandemic and Ramadan.

In a joint statement, the two entities called on residents to avoid visiting or inviting over those susceptible to infection, such as the elderly and people with chronic diseases.

Additionally, the number of individuals present at any location must not exceed five people. Gatherings are not allowed in public or private spaces, and tents and Ramadan majlis areas are forbidden.

Additionally, it is prohibited to distribute food unless done collectively under the supervision of approved charities and relevant government entities.

When it comes to exercise, MoHAP and NCEMA, residents can exercise – near one’s home – for up to two hours, with a maximum of three people at any one time. Masks must be worn and social distance maintained.

Food cannot be exchanged between residents of different homes. In the event that food is received from relatives, the appropriate handling of food in disposable sealed bowls must be ensured.

Domestic helpers are prohibited from meeting anyone outside the home where they work, and cannot receive food from unknown sources. They must also be provided with the necessary protective equipment, such as masks, if they need to interact with people.

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