UAE eases COVID-19 rules, allows more people at weddings, funerals, gatherings

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The United Arab Emirates further eased COVID-19 restrictions on Tuesday by increasing capacity at social gatherings in homes to 80 percent, provided that the total number of attendees does not exceed 60 people, in addition to specifying a maximum of ten people to provide hospitality services.

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“To advance our gradual return to a new normalcy, we are announcing an updated protocol on gatherings, weddings and funerals held at homes,” the UAE’s National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) said in a tweet.

“Attendees who have received the vaccine and 14 days passed since are allowed to attend, provided they meet the green pass requirement through the Al Hosn application,” NCEMA added in a statement.

The authority also said that everyone must present a negative PCR test result not exceeding 48 hours from the date of the event.

The updated protocols also include several preventive measures to ensure the health and safety of all attendees, including temperature checks before entering, the need to adhere to wearing masks all the time, and the continuation of disinfection of places, with the need to have sanitizing resources available for attendance.

“The entry process is organized and there is no gathering or crowding, and we recommend the use of barriers to organizing the entry and exit processes. We emphasize greeting without handshakes or hugs and applying the principle of physical distancing of one and a half meters all the time, as well as allowing a maximum of ten people to sit at one table,” NCEMA added.

The NCEMA also urged people not to attend gatherings if they are showing any COVID-19 symptoms.

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