In the wake of Dubai’s rising COVID-19 cases, the city has issued fresh regulations to curb the spread of the the novel coronavirus infections. UAE authorities said the rise in infections is due to violations of COVID-19 protocols while Dubai has come under global criticism for reopening businesses and easing curfews for tourists during the holiday season.
Pubs and bars have been closed down and strict rules laid down for parties. There is more aggressive testing of incoming passengers. The Khaleej Times reported that shopping malls in the emirates will now be operated at a capacity of 70 per cent. Restaurants and cafes will have to close by 1 am and will not be permitted to organise any entertainment events in their premises.
Both international tourists and UAE residents will have to provide a negative RT-PCR test report before travel. Weddings are only allowed to have 10 guests.
ln December, over 4,000 new cases were recorded everyday. Globally, Dubai has come under criticism for spreading the virus by opening up the city.