UAE: Masks still mandatory in these 3 public areas as Covid rules are eased

Starting Wednesday, September 28, mask wearing is optional for all "open and closed facilities and spaces", except three



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Sahim Salim

Published: Tue 27 Sep 2022, 7:18 AM

Last updated: Fri 30 Sep 2022, 3:03 PM

The UAE has eased rules around mask wearing as the country introduced sweeping changes to Covid safety measures. Starting tomorrow, Wednesday, September 28, mask wearing is optional for all "open and closed facilities and spaces", except three.

The three public areas where they remain mandatory are:

1. Hospitals and medical facilities

2. Mosques

3. Public transportation means like buses

They are no longer mandatory in malls, restaurants, supermarkets or any other public places.

Additionally, the following categories have to remain masked:

1. Food service providers

2. Covid-positive cases

3. Those suspected of having Covid

Vulnerable categories of residents and tourists have been advised to continue wearing masks. These include the elderly, those with chronic diseases and people of determination.

Airlines have been given the option to decide whether to make mask wearing mandatory onboard flights.

The updated procedures are part of an "initial phase" of easing restrictions, "with further updates to be announced regularly", a government spokesperson said.

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