Abu Dhabi to Enter Partial Lockdown on July 19

Officials in the capital of the United Arab Emirates announced on July 15 that Abu Dhabi will enter a partial lockdown on July 19 as part of efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

In separate statements, the Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis, and Disasters Committee announced the suspension of transportation services, restriction of movement of the public, new entry requirements, and reduction of operating capacity of multiple establishments starting on July 19.

The committee said that transportation services will be suspended and the movement of the public will be restricted between midnight to 5 a.m. to allow for sterilization of some public spaces.

“The public must stay at home unless it is absolutely necessary to go out, or to get essential supplies, such as food and medicine,” the committee urged.

The committee also said that citizens will only be allowed to enter Abu Dhabi after testing negative for COVID-19 and they will need to be tested again depending on the length of their stay.

Those who fail to take the required tests may face fines.

In addition, the committee ordered restaurants, cafes, gyms, buses, parks, and beaches to operate at 50% capacity while shopping malls are to operate at 30% capacity.

“The decision is aligned with Abu Dhabi’s strategy to combat the pandemic, reinforcing the proactive and precautionary measures implemented by the emirate to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus,” the committee said.

According to data from the UAE government, UAE reported 1,541 new cases and five new deaths, bringing the nationwide tallies to 656,354 cases and 1,885 deaths.

Data from the government also showed that 77.3% of the population has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine while 67.8% is fully vaccinated. 

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