Abu Dhabi has announced a series of new guidelines to curb the spread of Covid-19 in the emirate.
National sterilization program
The emirate will launch the national sterilization program from Monday, July 19, between midnight and 5 a.m., the Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Committee said.
During these hours, traffic and public movement will be restricted and there will be no transportation service.
The public should stay at home unless it is absolutely necessary to go out or obtain essential supplies, such as food and medicine.
Those looking to apply for a traffic permit in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi can visit www.adpolice.gov.ae.
Due to movement restrictions, the Eid concert times in the emirate have also been changed, said the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
Doors will open at 4.30 p.m., concerts will start at 6.30 p.m. and end at 10 p.m. on July 22 and 23. Electronic tickets will still be valid for concerts.
All visitors will need to present a negative PCR test (valid for 48 hours or less) to enter the venue, and all participants over 16 years of age will need to be fully vaccinated (after 28 days from the 2nd dose) and present the “E” or star icon on the Al Hosn app.
The Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Committee also reduced the operational capacity of several activities in the emirate, as of Monday.
Public beaches, public parks, private beaches and swimming pools, restaurants and cafes, gyms, hotel gyms and spas, public buses and ferries must operate at 50% of their capacity.
Shopping centers must operate at 40 percent and cinemas at 30 percent of capacity.
A maximum of three passengers can travel in a five-passenger taxi and four passengers in a seven-passenger taxi.
New entry conditions
The emirate also issued new entry requirements from July 19. Those entering Abu Dhabi will be required to present a negative PCR test result received within the previous 48 hours and a negative DPI result received within 24 hours.
Those entering by PCR must pass a PCR test on the fourth day of entry and an additional test on the eighth day.
Those entering via DPI must take a PCR test on the third day of entry and an additional PCR test on the seventh day.
A DPI test cannot be used to enter Abu Dhabi multiple times in a row.
The procedures apply to all vaccinated and unvaccinated citizens and residents.
Those who fail to pass the required tests are subject to fines, authorities have warned.
Earlier this month, the emirate also updated its home quarantine protocols for people in contact with a positive Covid-19 case.
Vaccinated people should self-quarantine for seven days and take a PCR test on day six. If the PCR test result is negative, they can remove the bracelet on the seventh day. However, unvaccinated people should self-quarantine for 12 days and have a PCR test on day 11. They can remove the bracelet on day 12 if the result is negative.
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