UAE adopts less stringent Covid-19 requirements

Mask rules dropped in most public places
UAE adopts less stringent Covid-19 requirements
People are seen walking in the UAE (Image credit: AFP)

The UAE has eased isolation rules for Covid positive cases. As per the latest rules, those infected with the virus need only isolate for just five days. Close contacts need to take a PCR test only if they have Covid-19 symptoms. PCR tests are recommended for close contacts who are from the vulnerable categories including the elderly and people of determination.

This came as the UAE eased most Covid safety rules. The new rules are applicable from Wednesday, Sept 28.

Masks have been made optional in most areas. Mask-wearing inside flights is no longer a requirement, but airlines can enforce the rule if they deem it necessary.

Dubai’s Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) also confirmed that face masks will no longer be mandatory for private schools, early childhood centers, universities, and training institutes.

Masks remain mandatory inside medical facilities, mosques, and public transportation means. All food service providers, Covid patients, and suspected cases must wear masks.

The mandatory requirement for worshippers to leave space between each other has been removed.

Green Pass on Al Hosn app remains in force for entry to most public places and federal government department offices. However, its validity has been increased to one month. This means that residents need to get a negative PCR test result, every 30 days to retain the Green Pass.
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