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UAE bans gatherings on National Day, New Year and Christmas


The UAE Government on Tuesday November 17, 2020 officially announced that private parties and social gatherings would not be allowed in the country in the coming festive season due to the incase in coronavirus cases. Moreover there will no celebrations on upcoming UAE 49th National Day, Christmas and New Year’s Eve as well.

Government revealed details during a media briefing yesterday on the latest development on the coronavirus pandemic.

The official spokesman for the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) Dr Saif Al Dhaheri, said, “With UAE National Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve celebrations approaching, we stress the importance of adhering to precautionary and preventive health and safety measures during all activities to tackle COVID-19.”

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The authorities also clarified that private parties and gatherings would not be allowed in any circumstances. Incase of concerts, it can only be held after receiving approval from the authorities and with the application of all precautionary measures.

Official rules for holding celebrations cover five basic areas are:

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  • Public health
  • Physical distancing regulations and policies
  • Digital technology
  • Sterilization
  • Cleaning.

For physical distancing, Dhaheri said the rules stressed the importance of maintaining a distance of two meters between people.

The rules recommend holding remote digital celebrations only and encourage reservations in advance for approved events lasting no more than 3-4 hours.

For all approved events areas for the isolation of sick individuals must be provided and entry and exit routes at all facilities should be clearly marked using posters.

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The rules are part of a number of precautionary measures taken by the UAE to limit the spread of COVID-19. For more update please do follow us on Facebook or Twitter

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