Gathering rule updated ahead of long weekend

Eudore R. Chand

ABU DHABI 20 October 2021: Dr. Taher Al Ameri, spokesperson of the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (NCEMA), has announced updates to protocols related to hosting celebrations, gatherings, weddings and funerals at home, and restrictions on business charter flights.

The UAE celebrates a long weekend starting October 21 to mark Prophet Muhammad’s birthday.

Dr. Al Ameri said: “The new protocol on home gatherings, weddings and funerals includes setting a capacity of 80 per cent for such activities, and an attendee limit of not more than 60 people, in addition to 10 extra individuals as service staff.

“Attendees who have received the vaccine more than 14 days ago are allowed to attend, provided they meet the green pass requirements through the Al Hosn application, and those of the third dose and other relevant protocols.”

All attendees must provide negative results of PCR tests conducted less than 48 hours prior to the event’s date, he added.

The protocol also includes a number of preventive measures aimed at ensuring the safety of attendees, including temperature checks, mandatory face mask-wearing and sanitisation.

The entry process will be regulated to avoid overcrowding, along with using barriers to organise entry and exit activities.

“We urge attendees to not shake hands and keep to a physical distance of 1.5 metres at all times, while a maximum of 10 persons may be seated at the same table,” Dr. Al Ameri continued. “We also urge you to not show up to such events if you have any respiratory symptoms or fevers.

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