The UAE authorities announced to ease Covid-19 restrictions and face mask rules in schools and travel as the daily coronavirus infections declined and the daily deaths graph flattened. The Emirates ministries said that the UAE mask rules will take effect from Wednesday, September 28, 2022.
The government spokesperson said that the decision was taken in the virtual briefing and moving forward facemasks would be optional and not mandatory.
As per the new rules, wearing masks during flights is not required anymore. However, airlines can enforce specific guidelines as their own regulations and protocols.
Mask Rules for Schools
According to the new policy, public schools in Dubai and across the UAE are no longer required to measure the temperature of Students and Staff. Only those who have fever need their temperature monitored.
According to previous mask rules, on August 22, 2022, public students over the age of 12 had to take a PCR test before returning to educational institutions after the holidays.
Private school children are exempt from having to take a PCR test before school starts.
Dubai’s Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) mentioned in a tweet that starting from Sept 28 face masks are no longer be required for all categories of schools including early childhood centers, private schools, training institutes, universities, and food service providers.
From September 28, face masks are no longer mandatory for private schools, early childhood centres, universities & training institutes in Dubai. Smiles remain compulsory. https://t.co/MikiYJeWJ0— KHDA | هيئة المعرفة والتنمية البشرية بدبي (@KHDA) September 26, 2022
UAE new Covid rules for drivers, buses
At present, bus drivers and bus attendants need to continue wearing masks and continue to sanitize their hands.
Policy for Suspected COVID Cases
The relevant ministry made it clear that new rules are not for Covid patients and also suspected cases must wear masks to stem the spread of coronavirus cases.
New Rules for Worship Places
UAE has eased Covid restrictions for worship places as well. UAE is home to different religions and there are worship places of multiple religions. The authorities said that the compulsory requirement for worshippers to have social distance between each other is no longer required.
UAE COVID Restrictions
National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority announced on Monday that people are only required to wear masks in hospitals, medical facilities, mosques, and on public transport.
Good News for UAE Residents and Travelers
Like everywhere in the world, UAE residents including ex-pats paid the price for a pandemic that halted every single business in the initial days of the pandemic. These restrictions were lifted on the 1,000th day since the first Covid-19 case was reported to the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Dec 2019. People across the globe were required to vaccinate themselves to shield themselves from deadly COVID-19.
As per the statistics, September kicked off with only 500 daily COVID-19 cases, but now the tally declined to over 300 on the 26th of the month. If we compare the statistics with the August data, the cases were nearly 1,100, and July 1,800.
The announcement was made as part of the celebration across the UAE when Kingdom reached a period of stability following the COVID-19 pandemic.
Experts said that UAE residents need to take act responsibly now as new rules for face masks take effect.
Green pass validity on the Al Hosn app
Green pass validity on the Al Hosn app that was earlier used to access venues in Abu Dhabi has now been increased to 30 days.
Do residents have to wear a face mask in the UAE?
Facemasks are no longer mandatory in indoor public places as well as in outdoor spaces. However, you still need to wear your mask in hospitals, worship places, and on public transport.
New Rules for Bars, Malls
New Policy for indoor gatherings was announced as well. It stated that wearing face masks in restaurants, bars, malls, and event facilities is not mandatory.