What’s open? What’s mandatory? Here's how the Covid-19 UAE lockdown will affect life during Ramadan.
26 April 2020| Last updated on 3 May 2020
As Dubai slowly begins to relax its Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, here are the latest policies you need to follow for this year’s holy month...
In an effort to curb the spiraling pandemic of Covid-19 in the UAE, government authorities have implemented strict measures to protect residents, citizens, and visitors from the novel coronavirus.
But from Friday, April 24, the new lockdown rules such as obtaining permits and the closure of shopping malls are no longer in place as the government started to ease restrictions. The move came just in time for Ramadan 2020, taking place this year from April 23 - May 23.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the holy month will be quite different this time around. Here’s a thorough look at what lockdown rules will remain in place, and what restrictions changed.
Face masks and gloves
If you’re leaving your house for any reason, it is still mandatory to wear protective face masks at all times or you may incur a fine of up to AED 1,000.
Some areas, such as restaurants and supermarkets, may not allow entry if you are also not wearing hand gloves.
As of April 24, permits are no longer required to move/travel around Dubai.
Residents and citizens are still urged to limit their outdoor travels to purchasing essentials, healthcare-related visits, and exercise.
Shopping malls in Dubai have re-opened from 12pm - 10pm, however, only a limited number of visitors are allowed entry. Residents between the age of 3 - 12 years old, and 60 years old and above, are currently not allowed entry.
From April 26, the Dubai Metro, RTA buses, and taxis are available for the public to use.
Strict social-distancing has been implemented for public transport and facemasks are mandatory.
What may come as great news for many for iftar this Ramadan, restaurants, cafes, and bars across Dubai have resumed accepting diners, with strict social-distancing measures in place.
Gathering with friends and family
For Ramadan 2020, social gatherings are now allowed, however, the capacity must not exceed five people.
Salons and barbers
Hair salons and barbershops in Dubai are allowed to re-open again, with services limited to hair and nails.
Social-distancing measures must also be followed by customers and staff.
Work offices can open
Good news for many: work offices in Dubai may open its doors again. However, offices and buildings must adhere to strict social distancing rules and sanitary measures.
Only 30% of staff are allowed to work in each office while others must work from home.
Exercising outdoors is allowed
For up to two hours a day, Dubai residents are now allowed to exercise outdoors during Ramadan 2020. Facemasks are mandatory.
Dubai gyms will remain closed.
The National Sterilisation Programme
Dubai’s National Sterilisation Programme is still ongoing in order to help fight against Covid-19. Residents are permitted to travel outside of their homes between 10pm - 6am.