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Dubai eases coronavirus restrictions, allows full hotel capacity

May 17, 2021
The move, which has come into force on Monday (May 17), allows live entertainment and activities to be held in restaurants, cafes and shopping malls for a trial period of one month. — WAM file photo
The move, which has come into force on Monday (May 17), allows live entertainment and activities to be held in restaurants, cafes and shopping malls for a trial period of one month. — WAM file photo

DUBAI — Hotels in Dubai can raise their occupancy ceiling to 100 percent while all entertainment facilities and venues can operate at 70 percent capacity as part of updated coronavirus precautionary measures unveiled by the emirate’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management.

The move, which has come into force on Monday (May 17), allows live entertainment and activities to be held in restaurants, cafes and shopping malls for a trial period of one month (extendable) on the condition that the latest precautionary measures are observed and performers and entertainers have taken the COVID-19 vaccine.

The supreme committee stressed that it continues to be mandatory for people attending events and activities to wear face masks and observe minimum physical distancing of two meters.

Permits will also be given for community sports events, concerts and social and institutional events like gala dinners and award ceremonies for a trial period of one month (extendable) on the condition that attendees and participants have been vaccinated for COVID-19 and observe the latest precautionary measures as required under the permit type.

Fans and spectators will also be able to attend sports events provided all attendees, participants and staff have received the COVID-19 vaccine. The attendance capacity for these permitted events should not exceed 70 percent. The maximum attendance allowed for such events that receive permits is 1,500 for indoor events and 2,500 for outdoor events.

Wedding events are allowed to be held with the maximum attendance capped at 100 for wedding venues/hotels; all attendees and staff should have received the COVID-19 vaccination. Attendance at wedding events at homes is capped at 30; all attendees should strictly observe updated precautionary measures, including social distancing rules and wearing of masks.

The maximum number of people allowed to sit on a single table at restaurants has been increased to 10. Coffee shops can have a maximum of six people per table. Restaurants are allowed to resume brunches with strict observance of updated precautionary measures outlined by authorities.


May 17, 2021
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