Abu Dhabi has announced new restrictions which will come into effect on Monday, July 19 to curb the spread of COVID-19.

“The Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee has launched the National Sterilisation Programme in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, starting from Monday, July 19, as part of efforts to protect public health and prevent the spread of COVID-19,” the Abu Dhabi Media Office said in a statement.

Stay home order between 12am and 5am

The sterilisation programme will take place between the hours of 12am to 5am, where members of the public must stay at home “unless absolutely necessary”.

Members of the public are only permitted to leave their homes during the restricted hours for “essential supplies, such as food and medicine” and must apply for a movement permit to do so. Permits can be applied for via the Abu Dhabi Police website.

New capacity limitations

New restrictions have also been imposed at venues, with shopping malls being permitted to operate at a 40 per cent limit and cinemas at a 30 per cent capacity.

Meanwhile, restaurants and cafes, spas in hotels, buses, beaches and swimming palls are all to operate at a 50 per cent capacity.

New entry requirements

New entry requirements have also been implemented. You need to have received a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 48 hours to enter the UAE capital. It needs to be a negative within 24 hours if you’ve undergone a DPI test.

Upon entering the emirate, you need to undergo another PCR test on days four and eight after entry and receive a negative result.

The above applies to both vaccinated and non-vaccinated UAE citizens and residents.

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