Officials in Abu Dhabi ad On Thursday the city would enter a partial lockdown from July 19 and reimplement other public health measures, “as part of proactive efforts to prevent variants of COVID-19 and ensure continued testing.”
Why is this important: The UAE capital has gone to great lengths to stem the spread of COVID-19, and Thursday’s new guidelines are the latest iteration of those efforts.
The big picture: The Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Committee said the partial lockdown would be implemented between midnight and 5 a.m. to allow sterilization of some public spaces.
- Public transport will be suspended during this time and the public “should stay at home unless it is absolutely necessary to go out or get essential supplies, such as food and medicine,” the announcement said.
Attendance capacity in various public spaces has also been adjusted, the committee announced in a Press release Thursday.
- Public spaces such as beaches, parks, restaurants, buses and gymnasiums will operate at 50% of their capacity.
- Shopping centers will operate at 40% of their capacity and cinemas at 30%.
- “A maximum of three passengers can travel in a five-passenger taxi and four passengers in a seven-passenger taxi,” the statement said.
The committee also announced new COVID-19 tests requirements for visitors entering Abu Dhabi. Visitors will only be allowed entry after they have tested negative for the coronavirus and will need to be tested more than once depending on the length of their stay.
- These rules will apply to all citizens and residents, vaccinated or not.