Severity: Critical Alert

Entry/Exit: Ajman Emirate in UAE eases COVID-19 restrictions by reopening some businesses from April 28 for the month of Ramadan.

This alert affects United Arab Emirates

This alert began 26 Apr 2020 18:02 GMT and is scheduled to expire 24 May 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Restrictions
  • Location(s): Ajman Emirate (map)
  • Time Frame: Through May 24
  • Impact: Travel and business restrictions; heightened security

Authorities in Ajman Emirate in the United Arab Emirates have announced that they will ease restrictions related to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and allow some businesses to reopen from April 28 for the month of Ramadan. Shopping centers and malls can open from 1200 to 2200 daily but occupancy of the stores is limited to 30 percent capacity; shoppers must also maintain a distance of 2 meters (6.5 feet) during normal operations. Members of the public can go outside their homes for four hours a day but are required to wear face masks. Private companies can reopen, provided they adhere to social distancing guidelines and so long as the percentage of employees do not exceed 30 percent of their staff in the workplace. Restaurants and cafes are allowed to operate normally but cannot serve buffet; dine-in customers will be permitted but occupancy must remain at 30 percent.

People can also engage in outdoor fitness activities individually or with one member of the family but must stay near their homes and for one hour daily.

Background and Analysis
Ajman Emirate's travel restrictions and preventive measures are similar to actions other governments are taking globally in response to the spread of COVID-19. COVID-19 is a viral respiratory disease caused by infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus (previously known as 2019-nCoV). Symptoms occur 1-14 days following exposure (average of 3-7 days). These symptoms include fever, fatigue, cough, difficulty breathing, sometimes worsening to pneumonia and kidney failure - especially in those with underlying medical conditions. On March 11, the WHO declared the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic.

Individuals affected by the restrictions should consider postponing planned travel. Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Consider delaying traveling if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions. Reconsider and reconfirm nonemergency health appointments. Plan for queues and delays at available shopping centers.

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.


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