Dubai authorities are introducing new rules for organizing weddings and social events.
Dubai, UAE. Dubai’s Supreme Committee for Crisis and Disaster Management has issued new rules for organizing weddings, receptions, and social events amid rising COVID-19 cases.
In particular, a maximum of 10 people are allowed to attend weddings and other gatherings, and they must be the next of kin. The rules apply to events held both in private homes and in hotels and banquet halls and come into force on January 27, 2021.
Earlier, the committee announced new rules for restaurants, cafes, and other catering establishments. In particular, the safe distance between tables should be increased from two to three meters. Also, the allowed number of guests at one table is reduced from 10 to seven in restaurants to four in cafes.
On January 21, 2021, a ban on holding live concerts in hotels and restaurants was introduced in Dubai – it will remain in effect until further notice. This includes performances by disc jockeys, dance, and music groups.
It should be noted that the decision was made during the high tourist season when the occupancy rate of hotels exceeded 70%. It is worth recalling that in April 2020, they were ordered to close amid the outbreak of the coronavirus.
In recent weeks, the number of cases of COVID-19 infection has increased significantly: if at the end of December 2020, an average of about a thousand cases of infection per day were recorded, then in the last 11 days, about 3500 cases have been detected daily.
So, on January 22, 2021, another peak was recorded on the coronavirus curve in the UAE: 3,552 new cases of COVID-19 infection were detected based on the results of 170 thousand tests.
The total number of cases of the infection since the beginning of the pandemic has reached 270,810, of which 243,267 patients (90%) have fully recovered, and 776 have died from complications of coronavirus infection. Despite the negative trend, the UAE maintains some of the highest rates of recovery in the world.