UAE: New protocols for social gatherings as COVID-19 cases rise

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UAE unveiled on Friday new regulations for organizing social events as it battles to stem the spread of coronavirus in the country.

Attendance at a wedding or funeral is restricted to first-degree relatives of the two families and the total number of attendees at a wedding or related social event should not exceed 10 people.

Attendance at funerals is also limited to 10 people and the number of people responsible for burials has been reduced to two.

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UAE’s Ministry of Health and Prevention and the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) tweeted that all those who attend the gathering be tested at least 24 hours before attending the gathering.

The authority also warned against having any buffet system at gatherings and advised the use of disposable plates and cups. It also added that surfaces at such places must be disinfected regularly.

Emphasizing on the importance of ensuring the highest standards of prevention followed, the authority said it will closely monitor any social events and take strict action against those who violate the safety protocols.

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