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Face Masks Are No Longer Mandatory in Some Places in the UAE

These are the places in the UAE where expat residents and citizens are no longer required to wear face masks.

Posted on

22 September 2021

Last updated on 26 September 2021
Facemasks are no longer required at some places in the UAE

The UAE has eased its face mask rules ahead of Dubai Expo 2020.

Expat residents and citizens are no longer required to wear face masks in specific places in the UAE, announced the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHaP) and National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (NCEMA).

The public will still need to maintain a social distance of at least two-metres.

According to an official tweet from NCEMA, face masks are not required to be worn when:

  • Exercising outdoors.
  • Visiting the pool or beach.
  • While riding in private vehicles with people from the same household.
  • Alone in closed spaces.
  • Visiting beauty salons and barber shops for services.
  • Taking treatment in hospitals, clinics, and other medical centres in the UAE.

UAE officials eased the face mask rules following a sustained decline in Covid-19 cases. On Sunday, new infections fell below 400 cases for the first time in weeks.

At the time of publishing, MoHaP reported 322 new Covid-19 cases, 399 recoveries, and one death.

Earlier this week, a UAE health official urged the public to get both the Covid vaccine and a flu jab, and says there must be a gap of at least three weeks between the Covid and flu shot.