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Dubai issues guidelines for re-opening of hotels, beaches

Strict social distancing is required in hotels and at private beaches as Covid-19 restrictions are eased

Dubai issues guidelines for re-opening of hotels, beaches

Access to beaches is restricted to guests only. Hotels are forbidden from selling beach access or tickets.

Hotel guests will have to fill out mandatory health declarations and social distance will have to be maintained at hotel beaches as part of new safety precautions revealed by the government of Dubai on Tuesday.

As part of the new guidelines that will govern the operations of hotels in Dubai, hotel entrances must have contactless screening for staff and guests at all entrances.

Only customers with booking confirmation or online pre-paid are allowed into the lobby, and must wear masks at all time. Only 1 person is allowed per 4 square metres, including family members.

Where possible, online check-in and check-out procedures are to be encouraged.

Security staff have been tasked with ensuring compliance with all the guidelines.

The guidelines also state that there must be a minimum 24 hours between check-outs and check-ins for each room. The time period is extended to 72 hours if the room was occupied by a suspected Covid-19 case or frontline workers such as nurses.

As with outside venues, hotel restaurants must maintain 30 percent occupancy and maintain a minimum distance of 2 metres between tables. The Dubai government document advised encouraging in-room dining and take-away services.

While hotel beaches can re-open, bars, attached waterparks and theme parks, pools, sauna and steam rooms, spas, nightclubs and prayer rooms must remain closed.

Salons and retail outlets, however, are now allowed to operate as long as they follow government-mandated safety guidelines.

Beach Guidelines

While public beaches remain closed, a separate document from Dubai government said that private beaches can operate. Visitors will have to go through temperature checks and social distance must be maintained, with shower and general toilet areas remaining closed.

Access to beaches is restricted to guests only. Hotels are forbidden from selling beach access or tickets. Groups at beaches are restricted to 10 people or less.

Jet-ski use is also allowed again, as long as only one passenger rides the jet-ski at any one time.

Similarly, skydiving activities are also permitted again, although flight capacity is now reduced and jumpers obligated to wear masks on-board aircraft. They can remove the mask during jumping. Tandem jumps remain forbidden.

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