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Hotels across the UAE can now operate at full capacity

Properties must still adhere to precautionary measures, including social distancing

The National Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (also known as the NCEMA) has announced the latest set of nationwide changes to Covid-19-related restrictions. 

Hotels across the entire UAE will now be allowed to run at full capacity; previously, since May 2021, only Dubai hotels were running at full capacity. 

Likewise, 10 people will be allowed to sit together at restaurant tables across the UAE, whereas previously this was only permitted in Dubai. 

In addition, venues can hold weddings for up to 300 people. Wedding halls and other events can operate at 60%, or up to a maximum of 300 people, and those attending must wear masks unless seated and eating.

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The operating capacity for live events is set at 60% provided that social distancing, mask-wearing and regular sanitisation guidelines are observed. The authority repeated its previous ruling that anyone attending live events and exhibitions must have received two doses of a coronavirus vaccine and a PCR test taken in the previous 48 hours will also be required.

Cinemas, recreational facilities, galleries, museums and shopping centres can raise their capacity to 80%. Public transportation can operate at 75% capacity.

The NCEMA said local authorities in each emirate would now be responsible for overseeing and amending rules as they see fit, allowing for greater flexibility depending on the local situation. Individual emirates, including Dubai, have previously set out different capacity levels and rules for events, while enforcing federal rules, for example, ensuring that masks are worn in all public places.

For more information, visit www.ncema.gov.ae

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