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UAE to gradually lift COVID-19 related restrictions

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The United Arab Emirates will gradually lift COVID-19 restrictions to reach full capacity at venues by mid-February, the National Emergency Crisis Management Authority (NCEMA) said on Wednesday.

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Capacity restrictions will be gradually lifted in economic, touristic and entertainment facilities and shopping malls and across means of transportation to reach the maximum by mid-February, Dr. Saif al-Dhaheri, the official spokesperson for NCEMA, said according to state news agency (WAM).

Al-Dhaheri also announced increasing the maximum capacity of social events, including weddings and funerals, adding that the capacity percentage is to be determined by local committees in each emirate.

Social distancing among worshippers in mosques and places of worship will be decreased to one meter, al-Dhaheri said, noting, however, that they will continue to monitor the situation for one month in order to take precautionary measures accordingly and determine whether to keep social distancing or end it.

Al-Dhaheri stressed the necessity to adhere to the the green pass system on the Alhosn application, adding that emergency, crisis and disaster management committees and teams in each emirate will determine the maximum capacity and ease or tighten precautionary measures as they see fit.

Alhosn COVID-19 app displays a user’s vaccination and testing history, granting them a “green pass” to places such as shopping malls, restaurants, cafes, gyms, hotels and cinemas.

He added that relevant authorities continue to regularly monitor and assess the situation.

The UAE has recorded 1,538 new COVID-19 cases, four virus-related deaths and 2,457 recoveries in the last 24 hours, according to WAM.

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