Disclaimer: According to the Dubai Supreme Committee of Crises and Disaster Management, restrictions on entry to shopping malls for individuals above 60 and children below 12 will be lifted from June 18, 2020.
With workplace attendance now returning to normal and malls allowed to open between 06:00 am and 11:00 pm, life in Dubai is slowly going back to the normal routine. However, visitors to the malls are still required to adhere to safety regulations like keeping a physical distance of two metres from each other and wearing face masks. Additionally, access is still restricted for children and the elderly in Dubai. This is one of many initiatives carried out by Dubai authorities to intensify precautionary measures against the spread of the novel coronavirus.
What is the age limit of for children and elderly citizens entering malls and other attractions in Dubai?
Children aged 12 or younger and adults who are 60 and above are prohibited from entering malls, cooperative societies and supermarkets in Dubai. This rule also extends to retail outlets that are located outside shopping centres. The precautions are to ensure the health and safety of vulnerable individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This announcement was made by the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) and the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHaP).
Why are the elderly and children restricted?
Children and seniors over a certain age group are considered vulnerable and more at risk for catching the disease due to weaker immune systems. Furthermore, seniors are more vulnerable if they have pre-existing health conditions, like asthma and heart disease that may cause them to become adversely impacted by the virus.
Government authorities have imposed a number of preventative regulations to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 in the UAE. The emirate of Dubai is no different. People are also encouraged to go through coronavirus tests in Dubai if they exhibit any of the symptoms associated with the virus.
What can kids and seniors do instead?
While seniors and children within a certain age group are banned from entering public places, there are plenty of things they can do to occupy themselves at home. For example, family members who stay behind with the children can introduce several home activities for kids. Seniors can likewise occupy their time by engaging in some light exercise, catch up on their reading or chat with family members living abroad online.
What can you do?
The local government urges residents, citizens and visitors to adhere to coronavirus precautions in the UAE. Here are some of the precautionary measures that the denizens of Dubai can follow:
- Wash hands thoroughly and regularly
- Use sanitisers to keep hands clean at all times
- Practice social distancing
- Keep a distance from anyone who shows even the slightest signs of a respiratory illness
- Stay hydrated to keep the throat moist, preferably with warm water
- Cover the nose and mouth before sneezing or coughing
- Try not to touch the face, eyes, mouth or nose with unwashed hands
- If you’re feeling unwell, refrain from stepping outside and visit the nearest healthcare facility for emergencies
The UAE government has also made it convenient for anyone to contact pertinent health authorities for the treatment of and information on COVID-19. Those who exhibit symptoms, or know anyone in the country who does, may call the following helplines:
- Ministry of Health and Prevention: 800-11111
- Dubai Health Authority: 800-342
Emiratis and residents who are abroad are urged to use the following contact info:
- Emiratis who are abroad: +971-800-44444
- Residents who are abroad: +971-2-496-5228 | +971-9-208-3344
While the call for seniors to stay at home is easier to manage, it might be difficult for parents to enforce the rule for kids. The best way to help them understand the situation is to introduce discussions that improve coronavirus awareness in children. Also, with businesses slowly reopening, you can do your part by following some tips to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in the workplace. To make sure that you adhere to government regulations amid the pandemic, check out the list of UAE coronavirus fines.
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