In light of the UAE's decision to ease COVID-19 restrictions, Dubai has announced that as of Friday, May 29, several of the emirate's key public beaches will re-open.
The list of Dubai's re-opened beaches includes; Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR), Al Mamzar, Jumeirah Beach, and Umm Suqeim.
The news was announced on The Dubai Municipality's Instagram page.
The post also included that COVID-19 safety precautions, including the mandatory wearing of face masks and a strict social distancing of two meters, are to be followed when visiting the newly re-opened beach destinations.
Much like public beaches, a few of the city's key public parks have also re-opened. These include Zabeel Park, which is home to popular tourist destination, the Dubai Frame.
Guests looking to visit, need to maintain a strict social distance of two meters and wear face masks at all times.
The reopening of both Dubai's public beaches and popular public parks, comes after His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, announced that as of May 27, gyms, cinemas, and other entertainment venues would re-open, with strict COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines in place.
Under the rules of the official "Reopening Dubai" document, gyms can operate at 50 percent capacity, with all gym-goers required to wear face masks when doing moderate or light physical activity. Face masks can be briefly lowered if someone undertook "strenuous physical exercise." All exercise machines will be divided using plastic dividers. Children under 12, as well as those over the age of 60, are not permitted to enter. Changing and restrooms will remain closed until further notice, and a strict cleaning program is to be followed for all areas of the fitness facility. Guests gym sessions will be limited to one hour per day.
Temperature checks will be conducted regularly for all visitors and staff members, while sanitizers will be made readily available to both cinema employees and visitors. A strict social distance requirement will see viewers spread out, both in the cinema queues and seating. However, families of four can sit together. Children under 12, as well as those over the age of 60, are not permitted to enter, guests will be required to show their Emirates ID to provide proof if there is any doubt of age.
Salons across the city can now re-open at 50 percent capacity, provided that face masks are worn at all times, strict social distance is maintained between work stations, and gloves are worn by all staff members. Temperature checks are to be conducted regularly for visitors and staff members. Children under 12, as well as those over the age of 60, are not permitted to enter. Parents looking to take their kids under the age of 12 for a haircut, can do so at designated kids salons, located outside of the emirate's many malls.
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