The Dubai Government in its latest circular has given the go-ahead to the city to host live events, indoor and outdoor concerts and private events such as weddings.
However, the social distancing guidelines and other precautionary measures have to be followed, which may make these events feel a little different than the usual.
The indoor events should be held at a limited capacity so that a person has at least four metres around them.
Seated concerts should maintain two seats between each group of people or solo persons even in the VIP areas within the venue.
Venues should be organized for a staggered entry for ticket holders, and after the event, guests are required to exit row-by-row through specific walkways. Online ticket booking is encouraged, however, if you need to purchase a ticket from the box office, social distancing should be maintained in the queue.
It is mandatory for guests and staff to wear a mask throughout. The performers can remove their mask, provided they remain at least four metres away from the audience. There should be no physical interaction with performers and fans.
Some routines should be modified to ensure social distancing, and the amount of physical contact should be limited. For standing events, there will be floor markers to indicate to the guests where they are required to stand in order to maintain the correct social distance from others.
Strict sanitisation guidelines should be in place for both build-up to an event, during the event, and after it has taken place.
As for food and beverage, pre-packaged food is allowed, provided that social distancing is ensured and there is no self-service.
Some of the events that can resume are:
- MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, Exhibitions)
- Conferences/associations including seminars, meeting, training institutes
- Award ceremonies and graduations
- Brand sales
- Sports (only indoor venues)
- Exhibition tents
- Product launches
- Temporary structures