Dubai restricts Ramadan gatherings to 10 people: Fresh guidelines issued

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Physical contact such as handshakes and hugging is strictly prohibited during such gatherings.

By Sahim Salim

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Published: Thu 23 Apr 2020, 9:14 AM

Last updated: Thu 23 Apr 2020, 7:16 PM

Iftar and suhoor gatherings during the holy month of Ramadan must be restricted to family and close friends only, new guidelines issued in Dubai say. According to an official document issued in the emirate on Wednesday, gatherings of more than 10 are not allowed.
Physical contact such as handshakes and hugging is strictly prohibited during such gatherings.
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Other guidelines:
Donating food
* No food should be donated or given directly to any person outside the household, except mass donations under direct supervision of charity and
government entities
* Donations should be done through authorised charity bodies only
Sharing food
*  It is not advised to share food within family members living in different houses so as to minimise transmission risk.


Gathering for prayers is not allowed
*   Group prayers among immediate household members is conditional that they live in the same house
Leaving the house
*   Leaving the house is advised for necessities only
*   Family visitation and one outdoor activity can be performed as per the set parameters
*  When outside the house, avoid touching any surfaces and immediately sanitise hands after doing so
*  Avoid touching face until hands are properly washed with soap and water
*  Elderly and high-risk individuals with chronic diseases are encouraged to stay home and avoid public places
Transportation (public or private)
*  Mask should be worn when leaving the house
*  It is advised to have sanitisers readily available and to use frequently in case of movement whether in private or public transportation

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