Dubai relaxes lockdown constraints. Will allow movement during the day

By Rahul Vaimal, Associate Editor
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Malls in Dubai | Representational Image

Malls are expected to be allowed to operate for 10 hours daily, starting from noon today, the first day of the Ramadan

Dubai government has announced a partial decrease in the constraints on movement in the emirate, starting from today, Friday 24 April.

The move, which corresponds with the start of Ramadan, will allow people to move freely in the emirate for the first time since April 4 and see the reopening of malls, cafes, and restaurants under certain restrictions.

The severe restraints on public movement will now be limited to between 10 PM and 6 AM. During the restricted period, the public will not be allowed to leave their homes unless for medical emergencies.

People in Dubai Mall

Malls are expected to operate for 10 hours daily, starting from noon today, the first day of the Ramadan. Supermarkets, food outlets, groceries, and drugstores will be allowed to operate round the clock, but mosques will remain shut during the holy month.

Family recreational facilities and cinemas will remain shut while restaurants and hotels can be run only by 30 percent of their staff at a time.

Restaurants and cafes are not permitted to have buffet dining and customers must strictly observe social distancing. Hair salons will be allowed reopen, but prior booking must be made and services will be restricted to hair and nail services.

Dubai also allowed public transport including the metro to resume services from April 26.

The Dubai government however ordered that all people are expected to wear face masks at all times and said violators will be fined AED 1,000 dirhams (272 Dollars).


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