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Coronavirus: Abu Dhabi's new guidelines for weddings, funerals

Ismail Sebugwaawo /Abu Dhabi Filed on September 21, 2020 | Last updated on September 21, 2020 at 08.08 am
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Taking a Covid-19 test 24 hours before a gathering is also recommended.

Health authorities have issued guidelines for weddings and funerals in Abu Dhabi, which includes a maximum of 10 attendees and wearing of face masks all the time. The rules are part of the new set of safety guidelines to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Abu Dhabi Media Office said on Twitter: "In line with the directions from the Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee for the Covid-19 Pandemic, the Abu Dhabi Department of Health has issued guidelines for weddings and funerals, which include a maximum of 10 attendees. Taking a Covid-19 test 24 hours before a gathering is also recommended."

The guidelines also prohibit condolence gatherings and people have been advised to offer condolences through telephone or other communication means.

Authorities have also recommended single-use cutlery and utensils at wedding or funeral events.

The Ministry of Health and Prevention (Mohap) and the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) on Friday announced a new set of safety guidelines on organising any social event in the country. In a series of tweets NCEMA posted, it clarified that besides the maximum number of 10 people, a family event should be restricted to first-degree relatives.

Outline for the new guidelines:

- Only formal wedding ceremonies may take place, with a maximum of 10 guests in total.

- Wearing face masks all the time.

- Funerals to take place with a maximum of 10 attendees.

- Condolence gatherings are not permitted. Instead offer condolences by telephone or other communication methods.

- Use single-use cutlery and utensils (if needed).

- Take a Covid-19 test 24 hours before attending any gathering or event

- Ensure the capacity of the venue allows for physical distancing of not less than 2 meters.


Ismail Sebugwaawo

A professional journalist originating from Kampala, Uganda, Ismail is a happy father with strong attachment to family and great values for humanity. He has practiced journalism in UAE for the past 13 years, covering the country's parliament (FNC) and crimes, including Abu Dhabi Police, public prosecution and courts. He also reports about important issues in education, public health and the environment, with a keen interest in human interest stories. When out of reporting duties, he serves the Ugandan community in Abu Dhabi as he wants to see his countrymen happy. Exercising and reading are part of his free time.

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