Emirates News Agency – UAE relaxes anti-Covid-19 measures from Saturday

ABU DHABI, 25th February, 2022 (WAM) — The National Emergency and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA), in collaboration with key partners, has announced measures against Covid-19 effective Saturday, 26th February 2022.

This announcement supports ongoing efforts at the national level to achieve a sustainable recovery while maintaining the health and safety of the population in the context of the continuation of various activities and the return to normalcy at the national level.

According to the announcement, wearing a mask is mandatory in indoor public places and optional outdoors. It was also decided to lift the quarantine requirements for contacts with Covid-19. Covid contacts working in all areas of the state are required to take a PCR test daily for five days.

NCEMA added that the isolation protocol for those infected will continue as previously announced, without changes. However, infected people will no longer wear bracelets.

At the local level, each emirate has the flexibility to determine the length of the quarantine period and PCR tests for Covid contacts in the relevant sectors and professions, depending on the vital sectors of the country, while always maintaining the need for precautionary and preventive measures. measures that include maintaining social distancing and wearing a mask at all times.

The authorities also approved the return of pre-pandemic time intervals between calls to prayer and iqam, in addition to the return of the holy books of the Quran to mosques in limited quantities, provided they are sterilized after each prayer. The current distance of one meter between worshipers in mosques and places of worship will also be maintained.

Those arriving in the UAE must present a Covid-19 vaccination certificate along with an approved QR code containing a QR code, unvaccinated travelers must present an approved negative PCR test result received within 48 hours or a certificate with a QR code convalescence. from a Covid-19 infection received within one month from the date of travel. Travelers from the United Arab Emirates must comply with the medical examination and vaccination requirements of the country of destination.

NCEMA has stressed that attendance at all local events, exhibitions, and cultural and community events requires ongoing Green Pass compliance or a negative PCR test result of no more than 96 hours.

For the economic and tourism sectors, physical distancing has been lifted, but wearing a mask indoors is still mandatory.

Authorities have announced the return of all sporting events for all age groups, requiring the public to comply with the Green Pass protocol or provide a negative PCR not exceeding 96 hours, in addition to maintaining mandatory mask wearing in all outdoor and indoor areas. observed participation in these activities.

The Office is calling on community members to cooperate and adhere to preventive measures against Covid-19 in order to preserve the gains made today in terms of recovery, crisis management, and the overall health and safety of the community.

NCEMA stressed that the role of society in the next phase is as important as the roles and responsibilities of the competent authorities in managing the pandemic, noting that a full return to normality requires a commitment to take preventive measures over the coming period.

Translation: Merwat Mahmud.