The latest updates on COVID-19 include:
- UAE curfew – the UAE government announced on 25 June 2020 ,that it has ended the curfew and lifted restrictions on movement at night.
- Abu Dhabi Restriction of movement – the Abu Dhabi Media Office tweeted on 25 June 2020, that residents may now move freely within Abu Dhabi, and leave the emirate without a permit. However, in order to re-enter Abu Dhabi a negative COVID-19 test is currently required to be shown.
- Dubai return to work – the Dubai Media Office broadcast, via Twitter on 2 June 2020, the Dubai Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management’s announcement that shopping malls and private sector businesses in the emirate may operate at 100% capacity from 3 June 2020. It is currently understood that private sector employees suffering from respiratory conditions and those with compromised immunity, should continue working remotely.
- Dubai Schools Reopening Protocol – the Dubai Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) has issued a protocol for reopening private schools in Dubai in September. The Protocol lists various requirements, which schools will be required to comply with, including;
- The requirement for the classroom teacher to be responsible for referring students with COVID-19 symptoms to the school nurse for further screening.
- The protocol requires staff to be discouraged from leaving school premises during the working day but, if they do, they should sanitise, change clothes and undergo thermal scanning before returning.
- A health and safety designated staff should be appointed to handle any COVID related emergencies, monitor the implementation of health and safety procedures and conduct training for students and staff.
- Staff, guests and students who are confirmed as COVID-19 positive, should not be permitted to return to school until they are granted a clearance certificate by the Dubai Health Authority confirming that they are discharged from isolation.
- A policy of “staying at home if unwell” should be enforced for students, teachers and other staff.
- Staff, visitors and students over the age of 6 must wear masks at all times, save for eating and during high intensity physical education (subject to some exemptions).
- Staff (and students) with high risk conditions should be offered alternative means of education such as online schooling, until further notice.
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