Dubai eases up safety protocols, masks no longer mandatory in open spaces
- March 7, 2022
- Posted by: axiom_admin
It’s time to see new faces in open spaces, effective March 1.
February 25, the National Authority for Emergency, Crisis, and Disaster Management (NCEMA) has announced it is no longer mandatory to wear face masks in open spaces in the UAE. On the other hand, it is a must to wear the mask in closed areas.
Social distancing norms in business and tourism areas have also been abolished. According to NCEMA, the new protocol now requires close contacts of Covid-19 patients to take two (2) PCR tests 5 days apart, rather than undergoing quarantine.
Quarantine protocols for Covid-19-positive patients will remain the same with a minimum of 10 days in isolation.
The newly eased safety measures are in line with UAE’s strategy to strike a balance between public health and other major sectors, as well as help the country’s efforts to achieve long-term recovery.
NCEMA has also stated that each Emirate has its freedom to define their own quarantine protocols, including social distancing and wearing of masks.
Source: Khaleej Times