Wearing face masks as a precautionary measure against Covid-19 is now only mandatory in health centres and facilities for People of Determination
7 November 2022| Last updated on 8 November 2022
The new rules are effective from November 7th, 2022.
As the UAE continues to move into a post-Covid state with restrictions and precautionary measures being lifted, the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (NCEMA) released some new updates to the rules on Sunday November 6.
The new changes in the country's Covid-19 guidelines include dropping mandatory face masks and making it an optional choice in all open and closed public spaces, including places of worship. Face masks are only required in health facilities and centres for People of Determination, starting from Monday November 7th, 2022.
The new updates were made as officials continue to see a significant decrease in the number of Covid-19 patients who need intensive care treatment.
Although wearing a face mask is optional, doctors advise residents to continue wearing it as flu cases rise in the country. PCR testing facilties and health centres will also remain open.
Al Hosn app new rules
Authorities have also confirmed that the UAE's Al Hosn app will no longer be needed to enter public spaces. You may still be required to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination for certain events, as the event organisers will set their own precautionary rules.
What happens if I test positive for Covid-19?
While life is returning to normal, there are still isolation rules to follow if you contract the Covid-19 virus while in the UAE.
If you test positive, it is still mandatory to self-isolate for five days.