The UAE Government has imposed a strict ban on public gatherings and private parties on National Day, Christmas and New Year, amid the pandemic. By Tanvi Jain

Authorities at the United Arab Emirates have declared that upcoming holidays including UAE National Day, Christmas Day and New Year, will all be celebrated virtually and no public gatherings or private parties will be allowed to take place.  

No gatherings are allowed for celebrations. No food or gifts can be exchanged. People can take part in celebrations virtually. Concerts that last for more than three to four hours cannot be held without prior approval,” Khaleej Times quoted an official as saying during the UAE Government’s media briefing. 

Reports further suggest that safety guidelines such as the mandatory wearing of face masks, installation of thermal cameras, presence of trained personnel on-site, a two-metre social distancing rule, a designated staff member to ensure all the safety rules are being followed and round the clock cleaning and sterilisation of all public facilities — have also been implemented. 

 

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“With UAE National Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve celebrations approaching, we stress the importance of adhering to precautionary and preventive health and safety measures during all activities to tackle COVID-19,” Dr Saif Al Dhaheri, the official spokesman for the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA), told Gulf Today. 

Moreover, it has also been mentioned that isolation wards must be provided for sick individuals, and entry and exit routes must be clearly marked at all the facilities.   

“The rules stress the need for everyone to follow existing safety measures, not to hold gatherings or marches, prohibit the circulation, distribution/exchange of celebratory gifts and food and call for the appointment of a person to monitor and enforce all health and safety measures,” Dhaheri further told Gulf Today. 

 

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Meanwhile, those visiting from Oman are required to present a negative PCR test result. “Omani citizens are required to present a negative PCR test result, provided the pre-examination is from accredited laboratories in their country, and that the validity period of the test does not exceed 48 hours from the date of the test. They are also required to conduct a COVID-19 test at the ports upon arrival and follow all preventive and precautionary measures according to the approved protocols, in addition to installing the Al Hosn application. A PCR test is obligatory on the fourth day if they have stayed for four consecutive days in the UAE,” a press release by the UAE Government states. 

As of November 19, 2020, the UAE has recorded a total 1,54,101 cases of Coronavirus, with 1,45,537 recovered and 8,022 active cases. 

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