With 2020 drawing to a close, while you may be planning to catch-up with friends and family to welcome the new year, it is also necessary to take note of the Covid-19 precautionary measures outlined by the UAE health authorities and the World Health Organization (WHO) to protect yourself and the community.
As per the announcement made on 26th December by the Dubai Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management, people in Dubai should follow certain guidelines that are required to be adhered to when partying for New Year’s Eve:
- Family gatherings and events organized at homes and tents can accommodate a maximum of 30 people, while adhering to the rule of one person per four square metres of venue space.
- Although a maximum of 30 people are allowed, it is important to note that you should ensure that all those who are attending the event are wearing a face mask and practising social distancing of at least two metres at all times.
- Elderly people and those with chronic conditions should avoid gatherings. Also, people with any symptoms such as fever or cough should refrain from attending events.
- The Supreme Committee announced that in case of any violation in rules, both the host and attendees would be fined. For instance, the hosts of private social gatherings who violate guidelines would be fined Dh.50,000. The attendees at a party or social gathering that violates rules will be fined Dh.15,000 each.
- The Supreme Committee also emphasized that all guidelines pertaining to private social gatherings will be strictly implemented and inspections will be done to ensure compliance.