From Wednesday, a list of entertainment, education, recreational, and medical facilities in Dubai will re-open to the public.
27 May 2020| Last updated on 27 May 2020
Dubai’s lockdown will also extend from the previous 8pm to 6am curfew.
On Monday 25th May, the Dubai Media Office announced on Twitter the latest updates to the city’s health and safety measures against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Starting Wednesday, May 27, Dubai will observe a new curfew from 11pm to 6am. Residents, citizens, and visitors are free to move outside their homes between 6am to 11pm.
The announcement also includes the re-opening of a list of public facilities, such as cinemas, gyms and fitness centres, and other leisure attractions.
The directive comes from His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai, in a bid to resume ”Dubai’s economic activities”.
Which public places in Dubai will re-open again?
The following public areas in Dubai will resume activities from May 27:
- Sports academic, indoor gyms, and fitness clubs
- Entertainment, leisure, and recreational attractions, such as the Dubai Ice Rink
- Educational and training institutions
- Child learning and therapy centres
- Non-essential clinics, including dentistry
- Elective surgeries that has a duration of 2.5 hours or less
- Outsourced government service centres
- Retail and wholesale outlets
- Auctions (though online auctions are advised where possible)
- Airport operations for returning UAE residents only
Dubai malls and shopping centres can now open any time between 6am and 10pm.
Limited capacity for valet parking is now permitted.
Rules to follow
Those interested in visiting any of these newly re-opened areas must abide by these health and safety rules:
- Social distancing of at least 2-metres must be followed by all
- Face masks are mandatory at all times while outdoors
- Movie theatres must be regularly disinfected
- People returning to the UAE from abroad must adhere to a 14-day quarantine
- Children under 12 years old, elderly above 60, and those who have or live with people with chronic diseases are not allowed to enter cinemas, malls, sports facilities, and educational institutions
Violating any of these rules will result in a fine, and no warnings will be given. For a full list of the latest fines, click here.
HH Sheikh Hamdan reminds the public that following these rules is “key to restoring normal life”.
At the time of publishing, the UAE confirms 822 new coronavirus cases and 601 further recoveries, bringing the total diagnosed count to 30,207.
The Emirates has also surpassed 2 million COVID-19 screenings.
Source: Dubai Media Office/Twitter
Dubai cinema updates
Movie theatre seats are allowed to a maximum capacity of 30 per cent.
Cinema staff must always check customers' temperature and have hand sanitiser available for public use.
Customers and employees must follow strict social distancing rules in queues and inside the theatres. However, families of up to four people may sit together without social distancing.
Movie tickets must be available for online purchase, and contactless payment is encouraged at counters.
Residents under the age of 12 and over the age of 60 are prohibited from entering. When in doubt, cinemagoers are required to show their Emirates ID if requested.
Cinemagoers must wear face masks at all times.
Dubai gyms and fitness centres updates
Gyms, fitness centres, and sports clubs are allowed to re-open at 50 per cent maximum capacity.
Face masks must be worn when engaging in light to moderate physical activity. Masks can be briefly lowered if someone takes on high-level, strenuous physical exercise.
Regular sterilisation should take place in all areas. Gym changing rooms and showers must not be open for public use.
For some gyms in Dubai, visitors' time has been limited to one hour.
Dubai night classes updates
Although all Dubai schools, nurseries, universities, and colleges are expected to remain closed for students until September 2020, a limited number of educational and training institutes are allowed to re-open from Wednesday May 27.
The Dubai Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) said that the re-opening will include professional training courses for adults, such as computer skills, fine arts, dance, etc.
Students' seating will be spaced out and pupils must adhere to wearing mandatory face masks while inside the facility.
Dubai summer camps as well as centres for People of Determination will remain closed.