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Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
Dubai announced on Monday it would close all bars and pubs for the entire month of February and limit other activities after a spike in coronavirus cases followed New Year's Eve celebrations that drew visitors from around the world.
Dubai also ordered restaurants and cafes to close by 1am, and instituted crowd limits on cinemas, hotels, malls and other destinations. They will also not be allowed to organise any entertainment activities in their premises.
Audience capacity of seated indoor venues, including cinemas as well as entertainment and sports venues, will be reduced to 50% of maximum capacity; enhanced precautionary measures will be stringently enforced, according to AP.
The number of guests allowed inside swimming pools and private beaches in hotels will be limited to 70% of total capacity.
"The measures seek to further enhance efforts to combat COVID-19, and protect the health and safety of all citizens, residents and visitors,” the statement said.
Dubai, known for its long-haul carrier Emirates, the world’s tallest building and its beaches and bars, in July became one of the first travel destinations to describe itself as open for business.As tourism restarted, daily reported coronavirus case numbers slowly grew but mostly remained stable through the fall.
Shopping malls will operate at a reduced capacity of 70%.
Dubai on Sunday announced it established two dedicated centres to treat coronavirus patients.
The UAE pinned its hopes on mass vaccinations, with Abu Dhabi distributing a Chinese vaccine by Sinopharm and Dubai offering Pfizer-BioNTech’s inoculation. The UAE says it has given over 3.4 million doses so far, ranking it among the top countries in the world.
Intensified monitoring and inspection campaigns will be conducted to ensure strict compliance with precautionary measures and safety protocols including physical distancing and wearing of facemasks.Dubai also urged the public to report those violating coronavirus rules to the police.
Businesses and healthcare providers in the UAE looking for an easier way to source and secure personal protective equipment (PPE) can now do so through Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s newly launched Response Initiative (RRI).
Authorities in the UAE have initiated several measures to slow the rate of infections and work on containment of contagion. In a series of initiatives the Dubai Economy Department (DED) has launched a series of campaigns to raise awareness and educate businesses and individuals on the best practices they need to adhere to.
Dubai Culture and Arts Authority welcomed visitors to the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood following a temporary suspension due to the circumstances imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Authority said via X platform, “In recent hours, attempts to steal people's WhatsApp accounts have drastically increased, whereby fraudsters send messages through WhatsApp from names of people known to the recipient asking him/her to click on a link to join a group
Dubai Customs plays a central role in local, regional, and global endeavors to combat drug trafficking, mitigating its proliferation and addressing transnational crimes that pose substantial threats to both individuals and communities.
The conference is expected to strengthen the UAE’s global leadership position in climate action and sustainable development, in line with the vision and directives of its wise leadership.
The Mamiraua Institute, a research group of Brazil’s Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, said two more dead dolphins were found Monday in the region around Tefe Lake, which is key for mammals and fish in the area.