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26 mai 2020 | 00h23 UTC

UAE: Some business activity to resume and free movement allowed in Dubai as of May 27 /update 38

United Arab Emirates Alerte de sécurité

Emirati authorities to resume some business activity and free movement in Dubai from May 27; continue to adhere to authorities directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 25/5/2020, 12h00 until 30/6/2020, 11h59 (Asia/Dubai). COUNTRY/REGION United Arab Emirates, Dubai

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Event

Local authorities announced on Monday, May 25, amid the ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, that some business activity will resume and free movement will be allowed from Wednesday, May 27. 

According to media sources, some retail and wholesale businesses will be able to reopen between 06:00 and 23:00 (local time) from Wednesday, subject to further sterilization operations and social distancing measures. There will also be no restrictions on movement during these hours; though curfew restrictions will remain in place overnight between 23:00 and 06:00. According to media sources, airports, clinics, schools and colleges, cinemas, gyms, sports academies, education and treatment centers for children, and leisure activities in Dubai Mall, are among some of the businesses permitted to resume economic activity. Dubai's airports will also begin to receive returning residents and travelers in transit as of Wednesday. Precautionary measures and preventative instructions, including maintaining social distancing rules, mandatory face-masks, and a 14-day quarantine for those returning from abroad, will continue.

Emirati authorities allowed malls to reopen at limited capacity during Ramadan beginning April 24. Cafes and dine-in restaurants have also been allowed to resume operations at 30 percent capacity and public parks and hotel beaches have reopened with restrictions in place. Individuals who are high-risk or who have illnesses, children under the age of 12, and people over 60 are still not permitted to enter commercial, recreation, and education centers.

As of May 25, there are 30,307 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the UAE, with 248 associated fatalities. Further international spread of the virus is to be expected over the near term.

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and trouble breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.

Advice

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.

 

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