Dubai has been encouraging citizens to stay safe at home and yesterday evening, Dubai has taken yet another major step in combating the spread of the coronavirus by imposing a two-week lockdown.
The new action plan to help end the spread of the virus has been announced yesterday evening. According to a statement made from the Dubai Media office, the National Sterilization Programme will be extended for two weeks now and will be in effect for twenty-four hours a day.
The lockdown applies on all individuals and residents and no one is allowed to leave the safety of their homes except for necessities, of course some workers in specific vital sectors have been exempted from the restrictions.
Dubai’s metro and tram service will also be suspended for two weeks but free bus transportation and a 50% discount on taxi rides will be offered during the lockdown.
Grocery stores and pharmacies will remain open with delivery of food and medicine to operate normally. One family member only will be given the permission to leave the house in order for grocery shopping, those who leave the house must put on a mask and gloves at all times.
Anyone who fails to comply with the new measures might face severe consequences.
Dubai Reopens Beaches And Major Parks This Friday
Dubai Municipality announced on Thursday night that several beaches, major parks and the Dubai Frame will all reopen on Friday for Visitors.
Following a complete lockdown that lasted for months, the public can now finally enjoy visiting JBR, Al Mamzar, Jumeirah and Umm Suqeim beaches.
Major parks and the Dubai Frame will also be open from Friday onwards.
.@DMunicipality announces the reopening of JBR beach, Al Mamzar, Jumeirah and Umm Suqeim beaches from tomorrow, Friday May 29, and asks all to adhere to the public safety measures and guidelines to ensure the health & safety of all. #We_Are_All_Responsible pic.twitter.com/bgKRHResmf
— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) May 28, 2020
.@DMunicipality announces the reopening of major parks and the Dubai Frame to the general public from tomorrow, Friday May 29, and asks all to strictly follow the precautionary measures imposed by the Municipality at these locations for your safety. pic.twitter.com/pNyzZOg2dp
— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) May 28, 2020
There are of course some rules that the public must abide by for their own safety, the municipality asked ‘all to adhere to the public safety measures and guidelines to ensure the health & safety of all.”
Precautionary measures include visitors to wear masks at all times and maintain social distancing. No masks are necessary while in the water.
Gloves are not necessary in open beaches, however they must be worn in parks and closed areas such as the Dubai Frame and Ski Dubai.
According to Dubai Municipality’s contact centre, children under the age of 12 and adults above 60 are allowed on the beaches and parks.
It was also announced last night that Dubai’s museums will reopen in a phased manner, starting from Monday, June 1.
Gyms, Cinemas, Businesses and More to Reopen in Dubai
Shout out to Dubai residents, we know that the lockdown is driving you insane but we have got some exciting news for you!
Dubai is expected to reopen gyms, cinemas and other businesses as of this Wednesday, in light of its efforts to ease the restrictions that have been imposed amidst the spread of coronavirus.
Nightly restrictions will be pushed back from 8pm to 11pm and be lifted at 6am each morning.
Under the directives of @HHShkMohd, @HamdanMohammed announces the gradual reopening of business activities in #Dubai from Wednesday, 27 May. There will be no restrictions on movement between 6.00 am and 11.00 pm. pic.twitter.com/7ZeMKpyKUY
— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) May 25, 2020
Besides gyms, sports academies and fitness clubs, as well as cinemas will also be reopened with continued social distancing and regular disinfection.
However, gyms will have to operate at 50 per cent of capacity, require the wearing of masks at all times and must install plastic dividers between machines, while changing facilities will remain closed.
Entertainment and leisure attractions, such as Dubai Ice Rink, will reopen.
According to a protocol update by Dubai Economy, offices in Dubai can start working normal operating hours with an increased occupancy ceiling of 50 per cent in common areas and within the premises.
The announcement was made at a meeting of Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management, chaired by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai.
“Everyone is responsible,” Sheikh Hamdan reminded the public, in a news release on Monday night.
“What makes us different is our ability to deal positively with changes and our agility,” Sheikh Hamdan said.
“We have all the elements necessary to adapt to these challenging circumstances.
“I am confident that all members of the society will come together to overcome this crisis as soon as possible.” He added.
Let us all abide to the safety measures and hope that together, we can get through this.
Dubai COVID-19 Center Is Now Providing Testing To Nationals & Expats For Free
The UAE has been taking remarkable measures in fighting off the virus by testing people as quick and effective as they can. Last month, Abu Dhabi even launched a drive through COVID-19 testing center and after its huge contributions, another is now open at the city’s Al Nasr Club.
The Dubai Health Authority announced the drive through test center, in an attempt to follow in the same successful steps of Abu Dhabi’s.
The COVID-19 test center is open every day from 8 A.M to 6 P.M and tests are available for free for both nationals and expats and they only take 5 minutes. Results are then sent to the patients within 48 hours.
The drive through test centers are a very effective way of testing the virus, as they ensure minimal contact between patients.
Since more than 250 tests are carried out daily, priorities for testing is given to the elderly, pregnant women, those with existing chronic health conditions and those who experience symptoms of the contagion.
You can book your appointment by calling the Dubai Health Authority on 800342 and register. Once you do that, a confirmation message with your appointment is sent to you via a text message.
When you arrive at the test center, you must present this text along with your Emirates ID before the medical staff verify information and approach your car to obtain a nasal swab
Results can be sent on the DHA’s app.
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