Dubai pubs and bars closed till end of February under new COVID-19 restrictions
Starting today until the end of the month, new measures have come into effect across Dubai as precautions against COVID-19.
While most involve reducing capacity and increasing penalties for disobeying the rules, Dubai’s pubs and bars will close fully for the month, according to directives of HH Mohamemed bin Rashid, the ruler of Dubai. The measures were announced by Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management.
The measures were taken in response to rising violations in preventative measures, according to the Committee.
Most of the measures effect public recreational activities. Capacity of indoor seated venues, including cinemas and entertainment and sports venues has been reduced by 50 percent, with enhanced precautionary measures to be enforced.
#Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management announces new set of precautionary measures against COVID-19
Supreme Committee: Measures taken in response to rise in violations of preventive measures
Measures effective from 2nd February to 28th February 2021 pic.twitter.com/DmIN1ruuob— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) February 1, 2021
For swimming pools and private beaches in hotels, the number of guests will be limited to 70 percent of total capacity. Shopping malls will also be at 70 percent.
In order to ensure that all of the measures are being followed, inspections will be intensified to ensure strict adherence, with tougher penalties to come for those who don’t.
Restaurants and cafes close each day by 1:00 am.
Members of the Dubai community are also encouraged to report any violations of COVID-19 precautionary measures by individuals or establishments through Dubai Police’s Call Centre 901 or its ‘Police Eye’ service in the Dubai Police Smart App.
People also have an individual responsibility to abide by precautionary measures to protect themselves, their families, their friends and the community, according to the committee.
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