People in the UAE are being reminded to avoid large social gatherings during the holy month of Ramadan, and to diligently follow COVID-19 safety protocols.
It's crucial to safeguard the community from COVID-19, the authorities stressed, highlighting the message from His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, that "everyone is responsible".
Dubai's vaccination drive will continue, as "part of its efforts to promote a lasting recovery from the pandemic".
Residents have been told to continue wearing face-masks when stepping out in public, and maintain social distancing.
Authorities will also carry out regular inspections, with violators facing penalites.
Here's the complete list of the safety guidelines
- Hosting or attending large social gatherings is strictly prohibited during Ramadan.
- Elderly and those with chronic illnesses are advised to avoid family visits and social gatherings.
- Iftar and Suhoor should be shared only by relatives living in the same house.
- Ramadan tents as well as Iftar and donations are not permitted.
- Setting up tents at home and gatherings in Ramadan Majlises is also strictly prohibited.
- Distribution of food and other donations should only be channeled through approved charities in Dubai.
- Taraweeh prayers can be performed in mosques, provided worshippers continue to observe precautionary measures, including wearing face masks and physical distancing.
- Inspections will be carried out to ensure full compliance with precautionary measures. Restaurants and charity organisations violating guidelines will face stiff penalties.
- The maximum duration of prayers in mosques (Taraweeh and Isha) is capped at 30 minutes.
- Members of the community are advised to reduce food wastage and rationalise food consumption during Ramadan.