COVID jab must to attend UAE live events



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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has said vaccinations against COVID-19 will be must for people attending all “live events” from June 6th as the country pushes a vaccination campaign which has consistently been one of the fastest in the world.

‘Reuters’ quoted a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Health as stating recently that the policy applies to all sports, cultural, social, arts exhibition, activities and events. Attendees must also present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at least 48 hours before the event.

Trade and tourism hub Dubai, one of the UAE’s seven emirates, said recently that COVID-19 vaccinations were required to participate in and attend concerts, sports events, bars, entertainment activities, and for weddings up to 100 people.

‘Reuters’ further stated that the UAE said more than 78.11 percent of the eligible population over 16 years old had now been vaccinated, and 84.59 percent of people aged 60 and over, without specifying if this meant two doses or one dose.

Dubai also recently eased COVID-19 restrictions, allowing hotels in the regional tourism hub to operate at full capacity and permitting concerts and sports events where all attendees and participants have been vaccinated.

Social distancing and compulsory face masks will continue, Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management said. Capacities for restaurants and entertainment venues also increased.

Dubai has pushed to keep its economy, which relies on international trade and business, open through the pandemic after an initial lockdown.

The Emirate is due to host the Expo 2020 world fair from October this year, hoping to attract millions of overseas visitors.

The UAE has in recent weeks banned entry from India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka to guard against the spread of the highly contagious Indian variant of COVID-19.

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