The Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management may have announced a partial easing of restrictions on movement in Dubai, but what does that actually mean for you? Grazia is here to help to answer all your questions:
Has the 24-hour lockdown been lifted?
Yes! Dubai dwellers can now leave home between 6am and 10pm but must continue to practise physical distancing and wear a facemask.
Is it safe?
The ease on restrictions follows a careful assessment by The Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management and reccomendations from the relevant authorities who believe the measures over the past three weeks have significantly helped to mitigate the COVID-19 crisis in the emirate.
Why has this decision been made now?
The Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management has seen a positive impact of the preventative measures undertaken by the government since the start of the National 24-Hour Sterilisation Programme and the commitment by the community to stay at home. The loosening of the restrictions will allow Dubai denizens to exercise outside and attend Ramadan gatherings. More about the new rules for Ramadan gatherings here.
Can I take public transport?
Public transport will resume from Sunday 26 April. Read all the details here.
Are the malls open?
As of 12pm on Friday 24 April, malls in Dubai are officially open. Read about the new practices in place here.
Can I go for a run?
Yes. You can take up to two hours of exercise outdoors in groups of up to three people at a two metre distance wearing a facemask.
Should box dye my hair?
Never under any circumstances do we recommend you box dye your hair without the advice of a haircare professional. Salons are open by prior appointment only with preventative and health measures in place.
Can I get a leg wax?
Sorry girls, salons are open for hair and nails only.
Is it business as usual?
Hard no. The Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management want you to know that Dubai is not back to normal. The restrictions have been eased in the hope of jumpstarting commercial and economic activity while observing the UAE health authorities' precautionary and preventative measures. All businesses are recommended to minimise meetings or pivot to an online platform. Working hours are limited to six hours a day during Ramadan, and the number of employees on business premises should not exceed 30 per cent. Office canteens and pantries must remain closed. Employees must undergo regular temperature checks and wear facemasks at work, and those who are pregnant or over 60 should continue to work from home.
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