Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management has announced that the Covid-19 precautionary measures introduced in the beginning of February will be extended until the start of Ramadan in mid-April.
The decision, which was taken by the committee headed by Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, is based on an evaluation of the evolving Covid-19 situation, data showing the effectiveness of intensified safety measures and the recommendations of frontline authorities, state news agency WAM reported on Friday.
Precautionary measures to be extended include the following:
- Visitors allowed in shopping malls, and guests in hotel establishments and inside swimming pools and private beaches in hotels, will be limited to 70 per cent of the total capacity.
- Restaurants and cafés will be required to close by 1am.
- Pubs/bars will remain closed.
- Indoor venues, including cinemas and entertainment and sports venues, will continue to operate at 50 per cent of maximum capacity and under intensified precautionary measures.
- Intensified monitoring and inspection campaigns will continue to ensure strict compliance with measures including physical distancing and face masks.
The Supreme Committee urged the public to continue observing precautionary measures, stressing that their commitment is critical to counter the pandemic. Observing preventive protocols and safety guidelines remain the most effective ways of combating the virus, the committee added.