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Dubai issues new rules on social events, physical distancing in food establishments

The Dubai government has issued a string of new COVID-19 safety measures to step up its the fight against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management ordered that only first-degree relatives can attend weddings, social events and private parties. Only a maximum of 10 guests will be allowed to attend whether at a hotel or at home.

The directive will take effect on January 27.


In another advisory posted January 22 by the Dubai Media Office on Twitter, tables in restaurants across the emirate will be set up 3 meters apart compared to the previous 2 meters.

From 10 persons, the number of people now allowed to occupy one table has been reduced to seven.

In cafes, only four costumers allowed per table at cafes and tables must be 3 meters apart.

Fitness centers and gyms were also instructed to increase the physical distancing between the sports equipment and trainees from two to three meters.


The Dubai Tourism has already suspended all entertainment permits issued in the emirate after the authority detected more than 200 violations of safety guidelines and closed down around 20 establishments in three weeks.

Entertainment activities on board vessels or floating restaurants were ordered to be suspended “until further notice”.

The Dubai Tourism said live events, including the concerts of Egyptian star Amr Diab at the Dubai International Stadium and Enrico Macias at the Dubai Opera, will push through as scheduled.

To avoid violation of the physical distancing rule, the capacity of the venues has been reduced according to the one-person-per-four square meters rule. Strict safety measures such as observing two-meter physical distancing and wearing of masks will be enforced during the events.

The Dubai government warned that authorities will be on the ground to ensure that establishments will follow precautionary measures.

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