Severity: Warning Alert

Transportation: Dubai Emirate in UAE lifts full COVID-19 lockdown on Al Ras and Naif districts, as of April 27.

This alert affects Dubai

This alert began 27 Apr 2020 06:41 GMT and is scheduled to expire 11 May 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Restrictions
  • Location(s): Dubai Emirate (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Business and transport disruptions, heightened security

Authorities in Dubai Emirate in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) lifted a full lockdown on Al Ras and Naif districts, as of April 27. Officials had closed off the two districts to curb the spread of COVID-19. Residents are allowed to move freely but must remain home from 2200-0600, as with the rest of the emirate.

Authorities previously eased restrictions in other areas of Dubai April 24, allowing residents to move freely without a permit from 0600-1000 during the month of Ramadan (April 23-May 24); Dubai was previously subject 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 number 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, though 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.

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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