Covid-19: New entry rules, updated capacity, movement restrictions in Abu Dhabi
Applicable from Monday, July 19, the new rules will help prevent the spread of Covid-19 variants and ensure continuous testing.
Authorities in Abu Dhabi have announced sweeping Covid-19 safety measures, including movement restrictions past midnight; new testing and entry rules; and updated capacity restrictions at malls, cinemas and other public places.
The Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee said the new rules – which are applicable from Monday, July 19 - would help prevent the spread of Covid-19 variants and ensure continuous testing.
Starting Monday, July 19, the National Sterilisation Programme will be back in the UAE Capital. Sterilisation will take place daily between midnight and 5am. During these hours, the movement of traffic and the general public will be restricted and there will be no transportation services.
The Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee has launched the National Sterilisation Programme in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, starting from Monday 19 July as part of efforts to protect public health and prevent the spread of Covid-19. pic.twitter.com/xZ5Ui8JKCi— (@admediaoffice) July 15, 2021
Residents must stay at home unless absolutely necessary to go out, or to get essential supplies, such as food and medicine.
Residents can apply for a movement permit via www.adpolice.gov.ae.
New entry rules
Entry to the Emirate is allowed within 48 hours of receiving a negative PCR test result and within 24 hours of receiving a negative DPI one.
Those entering with a negative PCR result must take another on days four and eight after entry.
The Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee has approved new entry requirements for Abu Dhabi from Monday 19 July, as part of proactive efforts to prevent Covid-19 variants and to ensure continuous testing. pic.twitter.com/gniDAyYWyU— (@admediaoffice) July 15, 2021
Those entering with a DPI test result must take a PCR test on days three and seven. A DPI test cannot be used to enter Abu Dhabi consecutive times.
The procedures apply to all vaccinated and non-vaccinated citizens and residents.
Beaches, parks, and swimming pools; restaurants and cafes; gyms, and spas in hotels; and buses and public ferries are to operate at 50 per cent capacity.
The Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee has updated the operating capacity of multiple activities in the emirate, starting from Monday, 19 July. pic.twitter.com/u95B2au2g0— (@admediaoffice) July 15, 2021
Shopping malls are to operate at 40 per cent capacity and cinemas at 30 per cent. A maximum of three passengers may travel in a five-passenger taxi and four in a seven-passenger one.
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