Here are Christmas, New Year’s Eve covid protocols

Eudore R. Chand

ABU DHABI 17 December 2021: The protocol for Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations in the country, were yesterday announced by Dr. Taher Al Ameri, Official Spokesman of the National Crisis and Emergency Management Authority (NCEMA).

According to the protocol, the capacity of celebration venues will be 80 per cent. Participants must provide a Green Pass in the Al Hosn application, with a negative PCR test result taken within 96 hours, and undergo a mandatory body temperature check, Al Ameri said.

He urged the organisers of events to regulate the entry and exit of people, avoid overcrowding and use barriers at entrances and exits. He also urged the public to wear face masks in enclosed spaces, prevent overcrowding and leave a 1.5-metre safe distance.

He then stressed the importance of sanitising areas regularly and providing sanitisers at the entrances and exits of restrooms, in addition to practising social distancing during celebrations and refraining from shaking hands.

“The protocol also includes allowing members of the same family to sit together without the need to practice physical distancing. Moreover, the organisers of events will form teams to verify the implementation of preventive measures,” he said.

Dr. Al Ameri stressed that the UAE, upon the directives of its leadership, is keen to offer unlimited support to all sectors to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. It has managed to limit infections and offer the most advanced means of prevention and treatment through a strategic policy for integrating vital sectors.

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