With only a few days left before 2020 officially bids goodbye, Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management in a meeting stressed the importance of adhering to precautionary guidelines outlined by health authorities in the UAE and the World Health Organisation (WHO) to protect the community from COVID-19.
The said meeting was presided by Sheikh Mansoor Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The Committee released the statement as Dubai commenced its COVID- 19 vaccination campaign, in which Dubai Health Authority is providing the Pfizer- BioNTech vaccination.
Dubai Announces Guidelines for New Year’s Eve Celebrations, Up to AED 50,000 Fine for Violations
Authorities noted that social gatherings of over 30 people are not allowed. In line with this, inspections will be conducted to ensure compliance with preventive measures. Violators will face legal action and measures, the Gulf Today reported.
Moreover, while social gatherings that comply with the above measures, those who decide to hold gatherings should comply with social distancing guidelines and strictly follow the rule of one person per four sq. m. of venue space.
The official list of preventive guidelines for New Year’s Eve is as follows:
- Family gatherings and events organized in tents and homes are allowed to accommodate a maximum of 30 people, subject to compliance with the rule of one person per four square meters of venue space;
- Attendees are required to wear face masks at all times and practice social distancing;
- Elderly people and those with chronic conditions should be advised not to attend these gatherings;
- Any person experiencing symptoms such as coughing or fever must refrain from attending events.
In line with this, the Dubai Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management stated the organizer of the private party will be fined AED 50,000 (Php 655,000+) while each attendee will be fined AED 15,000 (Php 196,000+).
In an effort to raise awareness, the Committee urged families and members of the community to strictly comply with precautionary measures and avoid gatherings that do not adhere to guidelines.
It added that the preventive measures are aimed at safeguarding the community’s health and safety, which continue to be the highest priority of the Government of Dubai and frontline entities. The authorities reiterated their complete commitment to protecting the safety and well-being of citizens, residents, and tourists.