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Dubai restrictions eased: Elderly, under-12s can now visit malls


Dubai has lifted movement restrictions on the elderly and children under 12 years of age. Starting today, all age-groups can visit public spaces like shopping malls and commercial centres while adhering to the existing precautionary measures, including wearing a mask and maintaining social distancing.

In other emirates, though, adults under the age of 70 can enter malls while restrictions on children under 12 remain in force, officials have clarified.

With three million Covid-19 tests, the UAE now leads the world in per capita testing, Abdul Rahman Al Owais, UAE’s Minister of Health and Prevention, announced on June 17.

After the initial unified disinfection programme, the government has allowed different emirates to roll out their own programmes according to the evolving situation.

The UAE has also announced the detailed guidelines to be followed by UAE citizens and residents, who can, starting June 23, travel to specific destinations.

Dubai’s public libraries, private museums and art galleries will also welcome people of all age groups. Home services such as those providing healthcare services to elderly people and people of determination and home beauty services will also be resumed. Elective surgical procedures lasting more than two and a half hours are allowed.

Other activities and facilities that may now resume (with strict precautionary measures) are:
* outdoor tourism and fitness activities such as camping;
* swimming pools;
* fitness centres;
* water sports;
* water parks;
* interactive water activities,
* 3D and 4D cinema halls; and
* children’s sports and play areas at public parks and beaches.

Elaboration by IICUAE on source Khaleej Times