Abu Dhabi: The government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced on Friday the relaxation of COVID-19 rules on masks, travel, quarantine and PCR testing protocols, as the country continues to move towards the recovery phase. of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Dubai Media reported. Office (DMO) reported.
In line with the rulings of the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority, Dubai’s Supreme Committee for Crisis and Disaster Management presented the new COVID-19 rules on Friday, effective from February 26.
UAE drops mandatory mask-wearing in open spaces
Wearing face masks in outdoor spaces will no longer be mandatory from February 26. Instead, the use of face masks outdoors will now be optional.
Quarantine rules for infected contacts and COVID-19
The authority also decided to abolish quarantine requirements for those who come into contact with a positive COVID-19 case but show no viral symptoms. However, COVID-19 contacts working in all areas of the state will be required to perform PCR tests daily for five consecutive days to ensure they are not infected and can return to work safely.
The rules for the period of isolation of infected persons will continue, as previously announced, without any changes. However, infected people will not wear bracelets during quarantine.
Rules for mosques
NCEMA approved a return to pre-pandemic time intervals between the call to prayer and the iqaamah, and agreed to allow mosques to make available a limited number of copies of the Quran, which must be sterilized after each use.
The current requirement for worshipers in mosques and other places of worship to stay at least one meter apart will be maintained.
Local events, exhibitions or sports activities
NCEMA said anyone wishing to attend local events, exhibitions or other cultural or social activities must show their “green pass” on the Al-Hosn app as proof of vaccination or, failing that, a negative result. a PCR test carried out no more than 96 hours before the event.
In the economic and tourism sectors, social distancing requirements have been lifted, and the authority has also announced the resumption of all sports activities for all age groups.
UAE ends RT-PCR rules for arriving passengers fully vaccinated
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has scrapped RT-PCR testing rules for fully vaccinated people arriving in the country, effective Saturday, February 26.
The National Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Management Authority said fully vaccinated passengers need only show a COVID-19 vaccine certificate with a readable QR code.
Those who are not vaccinated must present a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours of departure or a certificate of recovery with a QR code proving that they have recovered from COVID-19 within one month of the date of travel.