Coronavirus: Dubai private schools can open sports academies, football pitches

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Dubai private schools can reopen the sports academies and coaching clinics based on their grounds provided they follow COVID-19 guidelines, announced the Dubai Sports Council (DSC) on Sunday.

The announcement allows the use of school facilities for football, tennis, volleyball, basketball, running, fitness, and swimming.

Authorities had previously closed all sports facilities to limit the spread of coronavirus in the UAE, but have recently reopened gyms and football academies.

However, children below 12 and adults above 60 will remain prohibited from taking part in these sports activities at private academies.

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A Dubai school running track. (Dubai Sports Council)
A Dubai school running track. (Dubai Sports Council)

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Guidelines issued by Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management will also be in place.

“The academies, among other things, will have to make sure they maintain the hygiene and sanitization requirements as mandated by authorities, which includes maintaining a regular cleaning regime, and ensure safe distancing is maintained at all times,” said DSC in a statement.

Academies that want to resume their coaching and training activities need to apply to the DSC via the link:

A Dubai academy basketball court (Dubai Sports Council).
A Dubai academy basketball court (Dubai Sports Council).

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