As of January 27, only 10 people are allowed to attend a wedding, social event, or private celebration in a hotel or home.
Lieutenant General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, the commander in chief of the Dubai Police Department, has identified private events, parties and meetings as the main cause of a surge in Covid-19 cases in the UAE.
He warned that the lack of precautionary measures – such as maintaining social distance, wearing masks and avoiding unnecessary gatherings – was also responsible for the recent surge in numbers.
The Commander-in-Chief said that those attending events should think twice beforehand and ask themselves relevant questions: Has the host asked all participants for PCR tests? How many people will come Is the number of invited people appropriate for the space of the location?
He noted that the public are partners every step of the way to keep the contagion at bay. “No country can ever be exposed to such a pandemic on its own unless people work with authorities to stop the infections,” added Al Marri.
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He stated that people must take precautionary measures to protect themselves and society as the authorities are unable to enter every home to investigate whether or not they are implementing the measures.
“We urge everyone to reconsider whether this is not about not taking the precautions and whether you might be infected,” he said.
He also urged citizens and residents to report violations to the police.
The Supreme Committee for Crisis and Disaster Management in Dubai has issued detailed guidelines to control the increase in new Covid-19 cases. On Friday, the committee limited the maximum number of people who can attend a wedding, social event, private party, at 10 a.m. in a hotel or at home. The new restrictions come into effect on January 27th.
In addition, Al Marri pointed out the three vaccines the UAE has provided in the fight against Covid-19. “Is there any other country in the world that has provided such services to the people?” he added.
He hopes people will be more cooperative with authorities in the coming days so that the country can beat the pandemic.
On Saturday, the UAE health authorities reported that 87,720 people had been vaccinated against Covid-19. To date, 2.42 million UAE nationals and residents have received the shock at a dose rate of 24.54 per 100 people.