The Ministry of Health and Prevention and the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority, NCEMA and the Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management have announced a partial reduction in restrictions on movement in Dubai during Ramadan.
Effective from today (Friday, April 24), Dubai residents are permitted to leave the house for essential items like food and medicine without a permit between the hours of 6am and 10pm.
The Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management announces a partial reduction in the restrictions on movement in the emirate starting from Friday 24 April. pic.twitter.com/4sy3K2uJ8E— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) April 23, 2020
Daily exercise is permitted for one to two hours each day and visits to first and second degree relatives is permitted but gatherings should be restricted to five people or less, and visiting high-risk individuals and those over the age of 60 should be avoided.
When leaving the hours the public are advised to maintain a safe distance and wear a mask, those who fail to wear a mask can be fined Dhs1,000.
Children, senior citizens and people with critical illnesses are not permitted to leave home.
Residents are expected to stay home from 10pm to 6am each night as the National Sterilisation Programme continues across the UAE.
Public and private gatherings are still prohibited to ensure public safety and stop the spread of COVID-19.
Restaurants and cafes, and shopping malls will be allowed to operate under certain conditions.
Shopping malls, markets and shopping centres will open from noon to 10pm daily, however people over the age of 60 and children aged between three and 12 will not be permitted.
All visitors will be required to follow sanitation guidelines, are encouraged to use contactless payment and refunds and exchanges will not be permitted.
Mall parking will be permitted to a maximum of 35 percent, there is no valet parking and the public are asked to the visit the mall unless it’s absolutely necessary.
Retaurants and cafes can operate to a maximum capacity of 30 percent, safe distances must be kept including two metres between tables and single use cutlery may be used only.
Hair and nail salons may open but on an appointment-only basis.
In addition hotels are allowed to operate but pools, gyms, saunas and massage parlours must remain closed.
Entertainment facilities including cinemas, changing rooms and prayer rooms are not allowed to operate at this time.
Offices are also allowed to reopen but are only permitted to have a 30 percent capacity with the rest of the staff working remotely from home.
Ramadan tents and Majlises are not allowed within homes or in public places.
Public transport including Dubai Metro will resume from Sunday April 26 with the normal tariff system, with Red and Green line metro services operating between 7am and 11pm.
All passengers and staff in public transport must wear protective clothing including masks at all times and maintain a safe distance.
Only two passengers at a time will be permitted in taxis, while water transport, limousines and car sharing services continue to be suspended.
Reopening on mosques has been postponed due to close proximity between worshipers and group prayers are not authorised.
Group prayers and Taraweeh prayers are permitted at home but the worshippers must be from the same family, residing in the house.
More updates will be shared on Time Out Dubai as they are announced.