All 7 Emirates of UAE announce new, stricter covid safety rules

Khaleej Times
February 20, 2021

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Dubai, Feb 20: Authorities in the UAE are leaving nothing to chance when it comes to Covid-19 safety.

Despite opening up almost all sectors gradually over the past year, authorities continued their safety inspection checks to ensure that all precautionary measures are followed.

However, daily inspection reports have shown an increase in the number of establishments breaking Covid safety rules. This has prompted authorities across the country to tighten rules and introduce new measures.

Six emirates have tightened Covid safety rules to curb the spread of the virus.

Here is a full list of all the Covid safety measures, including closures; reduced capacity at malls and offices; and compulsory PCR testing for unvaccinated employees. (List ordered according to dates of announcements)

>> Fujairah

- All concerts, music events and social gatherings.

- Reduced capacities:

Public beaches and parks to 70%

Shopping malls to 60%

Cinemas to 50%

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Gyms to 50%

Swimming pools at hotels to 50%

Public transport services to 50%

>> Umm Al Quwain

- Malls to operate at 60% capacity.

- All music concerts have been cancelled.

- Maximum of four people per table at eateries.

- Gatherings, including weddings, must not have more than 10 guests.

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- Capacity at beaches and parks reduced to 70%.

- Cinema halls capacity reduced to 50%.

>> Ras Al Khaimah

- Cinemas, events venues and gyms can take a maximum of 50% customers capacity.

- Capacity at malls and shopping centres reduced to 60%.

- Gatherings, including marriages, can have a maximum of 10 guests.
- Funerals to have a maximum of 20 mourners.

- Capacity at beaches and public parks reduced to 70%.

- Public transportation, pools and private beaches at hotels to limit their capacity to 50%.

>> Sharjah

- All government employees and some private sector staff to undergo PCR testing for Covid regularly.

- Shopping centres, malls to operate at 60% of capacity.

- Cinemas, entertainment centres to take in only 50% of visitors' capacity.

- Gyms and fitness centres to operate at 50% capacity.

- Parks and beaches to take in only 70% of capacity.

- All concerts postponed for an extendable four weeks.

- Maximum number of people allowed at wedding ceremonies and funeral services to be 10 and 20 people, respectively.

- At eateries, a maximum of 4 people allowed on the same table, if not from same family.

>> Ajman

- All eateries to close by 12 midnight.

- Eateries can take in only 50% capacity.

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- Capacity at both wedding and event halls capped at 50 people.

- Unvaccinated government employees take a PCR test for Covid-19 every 7 days.

>> Abu Dhabi

- Abu Dhabi has reduced attendance at government and semi-government offices to 30 per cent.

- Effective February 7, the number of guests has been capped to 10 for marriage ceremonies and family gatherings; and 20 for funerals and mourning services.

- Parties and gatherings have been banned.

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- Weekly PCR tests for all unvaccinated employees.

- Cinemas shut until further notice.

- Malls operate at 40 per cent capacity.

- Restaurants, coffee shops, hotels, public beaches and parks to operate at 60 per cent capacity.

- Sports halls can take in only 50 per cent of capacity at a time.

- Gyms, private beaches and swimming pools to operate at 50 per cent capacity

- Taxis and buses to operate at 45 per cent and 75 per cent capacity, respectively.

>> Dubai

- Pubs, bars closed.

- Shopping malls operate at a reduced capacity of 70 per cent.

- Audience capacity of seated indoor venues, including cinemas as well as entertainment and sports venues, reduced to 50 per cent.

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- Hotels operate at 70 per cent of total capacity.

- Guests allowed inside swimming pools and private beaches in hotels limited to 70 per cent of total capacity.

- Restaurants and cafes are required to close by 1am. They will also not be allowed to organise any entertainment activities in their premises.


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April 3,2021

Bengaluru, Mar 3: Hinting at no relaxation in the new set of guidelines issued by the state government, amid pressure from various sectors, Karnataka Health Minister K Sudhakar on Saturday said it was inevitable to take certain strict measures so that things don't go out of control. 

He said the guidelines have been issued on the advice of the technical advisory committee consisting of experts, after examining the situation, and if things are under control by April 20, activities will be allowed to resume.

"The government is not happy by restricting activities. I have been requesting through the media for the last one month that a second wave is at our doorstep and if we don't understand and take precautionary measures, the government will have no other options and may have to take serious measures," Sudhakar said.

Speaking to reporters here, he said Karnataka was the first state to resume all the business activities, but the state is today reporting about 5,000 cases per day and 3,500 of them are from Bengaluru alone. "The technical advisory committee has said this will be there for another two months, till the May end and the graph will start declining from June first week. If we don't take measures and something untoward happens, won't it be the government's responsibility?" he asked.

Aimed at curbing Covid-19 with the spike in cases, the government on Friday in a new set of guidelines had ordered the closure of gyms and swimming pools while capping the seating capacity in theatres at 50 per cent in certain districts. It has also ordered apartment complexes to shut common facilities such as party halls and clubhouses.

The new restrictions imposed by the government through the guidelines will be in force till April 20. Noting that the government has issued guidelines after getting several reports from the technical advisory committee, and after consulting senior officials and ministers, Sudhakar said it was not done at one go.

"People from several sectors are saying their activities should not be restricted and should go on freely. Yes, we (govt) too understand, but things should not go out of our control, so it was inevitable for the government to take certain strict measures. We request for cooperation from everyone," he said.

The Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce has decided to meet Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa to bring to his notice about the impact of capping the seating capacity in theatres at 50 per cent, on the industry, and is likely to seek relaxation so that it doesn't impact films that have just been released.

Also, gym owners have demanded the government to reconsider the decision or allow them to operate with 50 per cent capacity or announce a package so that they can make payment for staff and use it for maintenance. There is pressure from some private schools to allow them to function, similar is the demand from gym, swimming pool and club owners, also people want to hold marriages with large gatherings, the Minister said.

"These measures are not permanent, let's follow these temporary measures for some days... I'm not saying it (Covid- 19 spread) can be controlled 100 per cent by these measures, but we can try to bring things under control," he said. Responding to a question, the Minister said there are guidelines for elections, and religious places too, there is no concession for any sector or activities.

"The government is only trying to control this pandemic that's all, there is no politics or any malicious intent behind this," he said, as he evaded questions on night curfew or weekend lockdown stating that he doesn't want to speak on what measures will be taken in the future. 


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March 31,2021


Ahmedabad, Mar 31: A special CBI court in Ahmedabad today discharged three cops accused in the extrajudicial killing of Ishrat Jahan, Javed Shaikh alias Pranesh Pillai, and two others in June 2004.

The three police officials — IPS officer GL Singhal, retired police officer Tarun Barot, and Anaju Chaudhari — filed the discharge applications on March 20. With the proceedings against the three dropped, the trial has practically come to an end, unless the CBI appeals against the same.

The CBI had not appealed against the discharge of four other officers earlier. This was cited as a ground for the discharge of the last three accused in the case. Special CBI judge VR Raval also noted that “prima facie, there was nothing on record to suggest” that Ishrat Jahan, and the four others who were killed, “were not terrorists.”

Ishrat Jahan, Pranesh Pillai Amjad Ali Rana and Zeeshan Johar, who were said to be Pakistani nationals, were killed near Kotarpur waterworks on the outskirts of Ahmedabad on June 15, 2004, by the Ahmedabad City Detection of Crime Branch, then led by Vanzara. DCB had then claimed that the four were operatives of the Lashkar-e-Taiba out to kill the then Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

In its charge sheet filed in 2013, the CBI had named seven police officers – P P Pandey, Vanzara, N K Amin, J G Parmar, Singhal, Barot, and Chaudhary — as accused in the case. All the accused were charged with murder, abduction, and destruction of evidence among other charges.

Pandey, who was the joint commissioner of police (crime), Ahmedabad City, at the time of the fake encounter, was discharged in 2018. In May 2019, the special CBI court discharged Vanzara and Amin in the case, while Parmar was abated following his death in September 2020.

While discharging Amin and Vanzara, the special CBI court had largely relied on the fact that the state government had refused to grant sanction to prosecute the two (Vanzara and Amin) and it had not been opposed or challenged by the CBI. Ishrat’s mother, Shamima Kauser, however, had opposed the discharge pleas of Vanzara and Amin.

On March 20, the CBI special public prosecutor submitted a sealed report containing the state government’s refusal to grant sanction to prosecute the three, that is Singhal, Barot and Chaudhari. Taking a leaf from the discharge of the earlier accused, the three in their applications seeking that the charges against them be dropped on the two key grounds – parity with the discharge of other similarly placed accused officers, and also on the state government’s refusal to grant sanction to prosecute the accused officers. The discharge applications did not touch on the merits of the case.


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April 4,2021

As the campaign for the April 6 Assembly polls draws to a close, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday gave a further push to his 'Nyuntam Aay Yojana' (NYAY) to reach out to the voters, promising that every poor person in Kerala will get Rs 6,000 every month "without fail", if the UDF is voted to power.

"The UDF is proposing something revolutionary. Something that has never been tried in any Indian state before," Gandhi told a UDF meeting organised at Vellamunda in Mananthavady.

Gandhi, who reached the venue after offering prayers at the ancient Lord Mahavishnu Temple in Thirunelli, said the idea of NYAY was very simple.

"The idea is that we are going to put money directly into the hands of the poorest people in Kerala. And not a small amount of money. Every poor person in Kerala is going to get Rs 6,000 a month -- Rs 72,000 a year -- without fail every month into his bank account," the Congress leader, who represents Wayanad constituency in the Lok Sabha, said.

Gandhi has given an increased focus on the NYAY scheme in his poll meetings, apparently in a bid to counter the ruling Left which is relying heavily on the welfare schemes implemented by it in the last five years to win votes in the crucial polls.

In the last five years, the Pinarayi Vijayan-led LDF government has substantially increased the welfare pension for the elderly.

The welfare pension was Rs 600 when the UDF rule came to an end in 2016. It is now Rs 1,600 per month, with the left government increasing the amount in multiple phases.

The government has also ensured that the pension amount reaches the beneficiaries every month without fail.


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