UAE NEWS: Covid-19 New rules in Abu Dhabi help ban gatherings during Eid break

The new rules were issued by the Abu Dhabi Emergency and Disaster Management Committee effective July 19.

The new Covid-19 measures that came into effect on the first day of Eid Al Adha in Abu Dhabi had encouraged many residents to avoid gatherings, opting for the closest family celebrations.

The new rules issued by the Abu Dhabi Emergency Crisis and Disasters Committee commenced on July 19; have led to limited mobility, revised emirate entry rules, and reduced power in shopping malls, cinemas, and other public places.

For Sri Lankan ex-pat Robert Kim, this Eid holiday did not include his extended family members, or friends, as in the past, but it was a close family affair.

“This Eid holiday was different as we had to avoid rallies,” Kim said.

“On Eid Al Adha Day, I went to Corniche Beach, with my wife and children, to swim in the afternoon. In the evening, we would stay in the Corniche park until 10:00 pm, ”this is so that they can get home before the city-based contraception begins at midnight.

Muhammad Ali, an Egyptian citizen, said he and his friends had to cancel a day trip they had planned on the Khorfakkan beach north of the emirates as they worried they would not be able to return to the capital on time.

“We were afraid that we might return late to Abu Dhabi and have problems due to the late-night travel restrictions,” he said.

She has decided to spend time with her children at Yas Waterworld for some fun water sports.

Uganda’s Mohammed Kezaala said a public football event that was supposed to take place over the long weekend should be canceled due to restrictions.

“The event should have been banned only by players to reduce the numbers due to Covid’s rules,” he explained.

Under the new measures, the volume in shopping malls was reduced by 40 percent, which also led to their closing time being shifted to 10:00 pm, instead of 12:00 am. Public buses in the city have also been suspended.

Bhupinder Singh, general manager and CFO of Dalma Mall told the Khaleej Times, that the complex is in line with the new guidelines.

“We also want our customers to arrive home on time to avoid being fined by the authorities,” he said.

Abu Dhabi Police have reminded motorists heading to Abu Dhabi from other emirates to face the ongoing midnight traffic restrictions, before planning their trip.

The new restrictions also came into effect at the Abu Dhabi border, where admission is allowed only for those who report adverse PCR test results with a 48-hour operation, and a 24-hour detection for a negative DPI. The measures apply to both vaccinated and non-vaccinated individuals.

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