Amidst the rising cases in the UAE, Abu Dhabi has introduced some new COVID-19 restrictions.

Per The National, malls, gyms, restaurants and cinemas in the UAE’s capital have all been affected by the new guidelines.

In a new notice issued, the maximum capacity malls can now take is 40 per cent and gyms are now limited to 50 per cent capacity.

As for restaurants and cafes, the maximum capacity they can run at is 60 per cent, with all of the required social distancing guidelines in place.

Meanwhile, it appears cinemas have also been ordered to close completely, which Vox Cinemas announced on Friday.


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“In compliance with the government-mandated closure of cinemas in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain, VOX Cinemas will be temporarily closed from Friday, 5 February until further notice,” Vox said in a statement on their official Instagram page. We will be back soon so please stay tuned for updates on reopening.”

Then, on Saturday, February 6, it was announced that all Abu Dhabi government offices would be operating at a maximum of 30 per cent capacity.

“The Department of Government Support has approved reducing attendance at the workplace in Abu Dhabi government and semi-government entities to 30 per cent, to bolster precautionary measures implemented in the emirate and protect the health of employees and their families,” a statement from the Abu Dhabi media office said.

A weekly PCR test is also required every week from employees unless they have been vaccinated as part of the national vaccination programmes with a gold star or letter E on the Alhosn app.

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