UAE to ease Covid curbs, allow bigger home gatherings

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"People should not greet with handshakes or hugs."
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  • According to the new set of rules, occupancy at parties has been capped at 80 per cent or a maximum of 60 guests
  • A negative PCR test taken no more than 48 hours before the event is also a must

Owing to the decline in the transmission of coronavirus in the country, the United Arab Emirates has decided to relax the restrictions and permit citizens to take part in weddings and gatherings at home.

According to the new set of rules, occupancy at parties has been capped at 80 per cent or a maximum of 60 guests and 10 catering and hospitality staff.

The National Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) set out the latest nationwide changes on Tuesday during its weekly Covid-19 briefing. But several precautionary measures still remain in place.

Guests should be fully vaccinated and the second dose should have been taken at least two weeks before the event. They will be required to show a green pass on Al Hosn ap

A negative PCR test taken no more than 48 hours before the event is also a must. Guests will be checked for temperature on arrival and they must wear face masks at all times. The premises should be regularly sanitized.

“People should not greet with handshakes or hugs,” Dr Taher Al Amiri, spokesperson of NCEMA, said.

“There should be a physical distancing of one and a half meters at all times and only a maximum of 10 people can sit at one table. There should be separate entry and exit points to avoid crowding. Hosts should warn the invitees against attending the event when feeling any respiratory symptoms or fever.”

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