From the end of August, most public places will be reserved only for vaccinated people in Abu Dhabi. The measure does not apply in Dubai where the sanitary rules are different.
“After vaccinating more than 93% of target groups in the emirate and strengthening precautionary measures to preserve public health, the Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Committee only allows people who have been vaccinated to enter a number of public places, ”the official Emirati agency WAM said.
The agency cited the emergency health committee formed to deal with the coronavirus crisis as saying the decision would improve security in areas that have been the subject of additional precautionary measures and offer increased protection to members of the the community.
Public places will no longer be accessible to unvaccinated people from Friday August 20, but not all and some exemptions exist. The committee has a multi-phase plan in place, the first of which is approved for shopping malls, restaurants, cafes and all other retail outlets, including those not in a mall.
In addition, gymnasiums, leisure and sports facilities, health clubs, resorts, museums, cultural centers and parks are all affected by the new measures. The same goes for universities, institutes, public and private schools and nurseries in the emirate, but the measures do not apply to children aged 15 and under.
Supermarkets and pharmacies, however, remain exceptions and unvaccinated people who benefit from an approved vaccination exemption and registered via the Alhosn app also have the opportunity to frequent these public places in this emirate.
In June, authorities stepped up pressure on unvaccinated people, adding restrictions on access to supermarkets. Access is prohibited to people who have not undergone a recent PCR test.
However, the measures do not concern Dubai, a large tourist city which has, on the contrary, resumed a normal life since last summer with cafes and restaurants, tourist sites, museums all open to the public.