Amendments to COVID-19 Rules and Protocols in the Emirate of Dubai
As of May 17, 2021, the Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management in Dubai has revised the precautionary steps for events and activities for a ‘one-month trial period’. The amendments can be categorized under the following sub-points.
Social Distancing and Masks: Dubai's social distancing laws have been relaxed, lowering from three meters to two meters. However, in public, face masks must also be worn at all times. The Supreme Committee emphasized the importance of public participation, and violators would face harsh punishments as a result of regular inspections.
Reopening of Entertainment Venues: Entertainment venues may be allowed to function at 70% capacity, but licenses will be issued for youth sporting activities, festivals, and social and institutional events, like ceremonies, for a one-month trial span beginning May 17. This is contingent on all participants being vaccinated. Likewise, indoor events are limited to 1,500 people, while outdoor events are limited to 2,500 people. However, in all cases, the occupancy must not exceed more than 70% of the venue's capacity.
Weddings: The restrictions on the number of people who can attend a wedding have been relaxed. More specifically, if the wedding is at a venue, then you are permitted to have up to 100 guests. Alternatively, if the wedding is being conducted at home, there will be a cap of 30 attendees. Likewise, all attendees must be vaccinated while carrying the applicable proof.
Hotels and Restaurants: The overall capacity of hotels have been increased from 80 to 100 per cent. Likewise, restaurants, cafes, and shopping malls in Dubai have been given a one-month (extendable) trial period to host live entertainment once again, provided that the performers and entertainers have received the vaccine.
Restaurants can expand the size of their tables to accommodate a maximum of 10 people. Similarly, venues with a bar license will now reopen as long as both employees and visitors have administered the vaccine.