In continuous aims to control the spread of the coronavirus, the UAE has conducted over one million tests, as announced by the Ministry of Health and Prevention. Thanks to the drive-through testing centres and Mobile Laboratory Units which grant free home testing to the elderly, the UAE now has the third-highest test density in the world with 103,365 samples per million people. As Ramadan begins, restrictions are easing up. Here’s what’s changing.
Movement remains prohibited during the UAE’s sterilisation program, which runs from 10 PM until 6 AM unless a permit is given for medical emergencies. Outside curfew hours, you can go to the mall and exercise outdoors.
Malls, including restaurants and beauty salons, are operating from 12 PM to 10 PM daily at a 30 per cent capacity. However, entry is denied to anyone between 3 and 12 years-of-age, or the over 60s.
Shopping centres now contain medical isolation rooms in case anyone is suspected of carrying the virus, and temperature check for everyone are available upon entrance. Restaurants remain prohibited from hosting buffets or serving Shisha.
It’s now possible to have your haircut as well, although with a 30 per cent capacity, spaces are limited.
For the working sector, employees can work from the office at the 30% capacity, but it’s encouraged to continue working from home.
RTA announced that except for the tram, public transportation services such as the Metro and bus would run daily with a few differences in operating hours. As for taxis, the maximum of two passengers rule still applies.
During Ramadan, visiting relatives is okay, but gatherings can’t exceed five people and large crowds, including tents and majlises are not permitted. Mosques remain closed, and group prayers are unauthorised until further notice.
While a sense of normality might balance our turbulent emotions during such times, it’s vital to remember that the virus remains out there. The government continues to urge its citizens to abide by the regulations and never leave the house without wearing a mask, and preferably, gloves, and social distance with 6 feet apart between one another.