Severity: Warning Alert

Transportation: Authorities in Dubai Emirate in UAE ease coronavirus-related restrictions, reduce curfew to 2200-0600 beginning April 24.

This alert affects Dubai

This alert began 23 Apr 2020 22:52 GMT and is scheduled to expire 24 May 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Restrictions
  • Location(s): Dubai Emirate (map)
  • Time Frame: Through at least May 24
  • Impact: Business and transport disruptions, heightened security

Summary
Authorities in Dubai Emirate in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) eased restrictions related to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) beginning April 24. Residents will be permitted to move freely without a permit from 0600-2200 during the month of Ramadan (April 23-May 24). Dubai Emirate was previously subjected to a 24-hour curfew from March 26. Shopping centers, malls, and commercial stores will be permitted to operate from 1200-2200. However, stores must ensure that the percentage of customers does not exceed 30 percent of the store's capacity. Additionally, only 30 percent of the store's workforce may work at any one time. Employers are responsible for checking the temperature of all employees daily upon arrival. Cafes and restaurants will be allowed to resume operations, although serving shisha and buffets will be prohibited.

Entertainment venues, cinemas, dressing rooms, and prayer rooms will remain closed. Face masks in public are required. Gatherings of move than five people are prohibited.

Background and Analysis
Dubai's restrictive 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.

Advice
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.

Resources
World Health Organization: www.who.int

Dubai Movement Permits: www.dxbpermit.gov.ae

Roads & Transport Authority: www.rta.ae