The Abu Dhabi Emergency Crisis and Disaster Committee announced revised regulations to the operating capacity of hotels, gyms, restaurants, beaches, taxis and buses. This is in addition to the complete closure of cinemas which has been previously announced.
The new regulations come into effect, today, February 7.
The major restrictions announced:
- Shopping malls must operate at a maximum capacity of 40 per cent.
- Restaurants and cafes must operate at a maximum capacity of 60 per cent.
- Hotels must operate at a maximum capacity of 60 per cent.
- Private beaches and swimming pools must operate at 50 per cent of their capacity.
- Public beaches and parks must operate at 60 per cent of their capacity.
- Gyms must operate at a maximum capacity of 50 per cent.
- Taxis must operate at 45 per cent of their capacity.
- Buses must operate at a maximum capacity of 75 per cent.
- Cinemas are closed until further notice.
- Parties or gatherings are not permitted until further notice.
- A total of 10 people allowed at weddings and family gatherings.
- A maximum of 20 people at funerals and mourning services.
These new guidelines follow a tightening of COVID-19 precautionary measures to curb the spread of the virus. This is in addition to rigorous entry regulations to the emirate for those entering Abu Dhabi from within the UAE and abroad.
The Committee has also recommended intensifying inspection and monitoring of all commercial, economic and tourism activities to ensure compliance with precautionary measures and all violators' reporting to the Attorney General.