Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Holy Month of Ramadan was the generous season spent with large gatherings of friends, families and colleagues. Due to the current global situation, people are advised to practice social distancing and are faced with movement and travel restrictions worldwide.
The Government of Dubai has announced that no gatherings more than five people are permitted per household or private venue with no majlises or Ramadan tents allowed. These gatherings are limited to extended family members or very close friends. No physical greetings are allowed and social distancing must be implemented.
If individuals wish to donate food to the underprivileged during the holy month, they may only do so under the direct supervision of government and charity organisations. Transporting food or sharing food amongst neighbours of other households may increase the risk of spreading the coronavirus; and as a result, the Government of Dubai and all other relevant governments and ministries, recommend that this tradition be avoided.
Furthermore, although the restriction of movement has been relaxed for Ramadan, the government continues to urge citizens and residents to leave their homes only for essential purposes and to wear protective masks when they step outside. They stated that family visitations and one outdoor activity may be performed during this time, while adhering to the health and safety guidelines at hand.
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