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Dubai’s new Covid-19 rules have been revealed

Words by Nathan Irvine

Effective Monday, May 17th 2021

In relatively positive news, Dubai has announced the relaxation of certain Covid-19 restrictions. The latest move announced by Dubai's Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management is an attempt to get the emirate back to some degree of normality for residents and tourists.

The news comes on the same day that the UAE announced 1,229 new coronavirus cases - the lowest number it has recorded in 2021. Which is testament to the efficient vaccination drive the country has been running.

Oni Restaurants can now seat 10 people to a table, which is a big boost for the industry

Slowly but surely

The updated precautionary measures for events and activities is as follows...

  • Masks and two metre social distancing rules are still mandatory
  • Wedding events can now have an attendance of 100 guests at venues and hotels. Attendees and staff must be vaccinated
  • Wedding events at home can have up to 30 attendees with precautionary measures to be observed
  • Entertainment venues can now have 70 per cent capacity, and hotels are now allowed 100 per cent occupancy
  • Permits are being issued for concerts and social events on the condition that attendees and participants are vaccinated
  • Community sports events are allowed. Spectators are able to watch so long as attendees, participants and staff have had the Covid-19 vaccine
  • Indoor events capacity has increased to 1,500. Outdoor events is up to 2,500
  • Restaurants can now have 10 people per table and cafes are up to 6 per table

Obviously, the ones who will benefit most from these slight rule changes will be the food and beverage, and hotel industries who just so happened to suffer more than most.

Overall, this is great news and shows the progress that Dubai is making in opening back up to the world again.

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