I know you're being bombarded with a lot of information about Covid-19 coming from the WHO, your local newspapers, social media and TV channels.
As much as it can be overwhelming, it is also paramount to be in the know and get the right information from the right sources right?
So without scaring you alarming you with the number of cases, Covid deaths and the staggering impact on the economy, today I am just going to tell you about the new regulations that you need to follow if you are a UAE resident and want to avoid hefty fine – that’s the last thing we need right now.
UAE government announced that the National Disinfection Programme hours will run from 10pm to 6am in all emirates except Dubai where the stay at home hours are 11pm to 6am.
If you leave your house during these times, you will be charged with a fine of 3000 dirhams – with the exception of urgent matters buying food, medicine, and health emergencies where permits should be obtained.
Food retail outlets, cooperative societies, groceries, supermarkets and pharmacies will be allowed to operate around the clock.
Dubai airport is now open for people who want to come back to the UAE and for transit.
Gyms will operate at 50 per cent of capacity, require the wearing of masks at all times and must install plastic dividers between machines, while changing facilities will remain closed.
Major parks and some public beaches reopened on Friday, including JBR, Al Mamzar, Jumeirah and Umm Suqeim beaches.
Up to half of staff at Dubai companies will be allowed to return to their workplaces from Sunday, May 31, up from 30 previously.
Cinemas and other entertainment centres are now open as well.
In Ras Al Khaimah, 45 hotels were granted permission to restart at 75 per cent capacity – higher than the other emirates.
Schools and universities are still shut and students will continue their e-learning programmes.
But you need in keep in mind that social distancing guidelines like maintaining a 2 meter distance from other outside homes, wearing masks and gloves are all in place.
Children below 12, adults above 60, and people with chronic diseases or who are prone to infection are still not allowed to enter malls, cinemas or sports facilities.
All residents returning to Dubai from other countries need to be quarantined for 14 days.
Mosques are still shut in Dubai.
(Source: Arabian Business YouTube channel)