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Dubai eases Covid-19 restrictions

Hotels in the emirates are now free to raise occupancy to 100%

Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management has announced updated precautionary measures for events and activities, effective immediately.

According to a statement released by the Dubai Media Office, live entertainment and activities are now allowed to be held in restaurants, cafés and shopping malls for a trial period of one month starting 17 May. This is on the condition that the latest precautionary measures are observed and that performers and entertainers have taken the Covid-19 vaccine. The period can be extended depending on the results.

In what will be welcome news for the emirate’s hospitality industry, all entertainment facilities and venues can have an increased capacity of 70%, while hotels are now free to raise occupancy to 100%.

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

In addition, for a one-month extendable trial period starting 17 May 2021, bars will be permitted to re-open, provided all customers and staff have received the Covid-19 vaccine.

Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management stressed the need for the community to fully adhere to the updated precautionary measures. Inspections will continue to be carried out by the concerned authorities to ensure compliance with the measures. Violators will face stiff penalties.

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 metres.

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