UAE lifts restrictions: Masks, permits, timings, age-limit, car travel... Things residents must remember
Published on June 26, 2020 at 00.01
Residents will need to continue following all precautionary measures to help curb the spread of Covid-19 Here's all you need to know.
After 90 days of restrictions, the UAE announced the lifting of all movement restrictions across the emirates, following the completion of the National Sterilisation Programme. Under the programme, residents were required to stay home during the stipulated hours.
Residents, however, will need to continue following all precautionary measures put in place to help curb the spread of Covid-19. Here’s all you need to know.
What does lifting movement restrictions mean?
It means that, as the UAE has completed its national sterilisation programme, residents can now travel freely across the country at any time.
Earlier, residents were required to stay home during the national sterilisation programme between 11pm and 6am in Dubai and 10pm and 6am in all other emirates.
Are there any restrictions on going out at night?
No, residents are free to travel across the country at any time of the day or night.
What about entry and exit into Abu Dhabi?
Restrictions on entering the capital remain in place, with the exception of pre-exempted categories. Exiting Abu Dhabi, however, does not require a permit.
Do people still have to wear masks when going out?
Yes, masks are mandatory for all when stepping out. The National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) has urged residents to continue following all precautionary and preventive measures in place to fight the spread of Covid-19. It further added that the law would be firmly applied to any and all violators.
Can children under 12 go to malls and restaurants?
Children under 12 years will be allowed at both malls and restaurants across the UAE. On June 18, Dubai had lifted movement restrictions on children under 12 years of age. With the latest announcement, the movement restrictions on children have been lifted across the rest of the emirates too.
Can adults above 60 go out to public places?
Yes, elderly aged 60 and above will be allowed to move about freely without restrictions across the emirates.
Are mosques, churches and temples open in UAE?
No, places of worship continue to remain closed. In recent weeks, mosques, churches and temples in Dubai were issued directives on preparations required in order to reopen houses of worship to the public again. However, an official date for reopening has yet to be announced.
What about passenger limits in vehicles?
A limit of three persons in a car remains in force across the country. However, the cap does not apply to members of the same family. If there is more than one person in the car, they are all required to wear masks.
Are residents allowed to meet or gather in groups?
Public gatherings continue to be banned. The NCEMA also urged residents not to visit family and friends in order to ensure the health and safety of all.
Can pubs and bars serve alcohol?
Yes, but only at tables. Effective June 24, serving alcohol at bar counters has been banned until further notice.