Wearing Masks Is No Longer Mandatory in UAE

UAE authorities announced on Friday that wearing of face masks in open space has been made optional from March 1, but it remained mandatory in closed areas.

The UAE’s National Authority for Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Management (NCEMA) said that COVID-19 restriction is still in place for those people who are engaged in inside door activities. “Masks must still be worn in all indoor areas and public places — including shopping malls and schools,” it added.

According to NCEMA, there would be no quarantine for those individuals following close contact with a COVID-19 patient. “Quarantine is no longer mandatory, but they need to take PCRs test 48 hours before leaving the home,” the statement said, referring to those citizens who had close contact with COVID-19 patient.

The statement also added that PCR test requirements for fully vaccinated passengers coming to the UAE would be halted from March 1.

Meanwhile, The National reported that school students under 16 in private schools in UAE’s capital Abu Dhabi are now asked to get their PCR test every 28 days instead of 14 days.

“Pupils over 16 must still test every 14 days to enter school or take a school bus, while those over-16 with a medical exemption from vaccination need to undergo weekly testing,” the outlet added.

In early 2020, the UAE announced restrictions to curb the swift spread of the COVID-19 virus in the society, and wearing masks in indoor and outdoor public places were mandatory.

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