As coronavirus case numbers have been rising in the UAE, the emirate of Dubai has issued instructions for live entertainment in Dubai hotels and restaurants to halt until further notice.

As of Thursday, January 21, 2021, a ban on live entertainment, including bands, DJs, singers and more, will come into effect.

In an announcement made by the Dubai Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing via the Dubai Media Office, it was stated that more 200 violations were found in establishments and 20 venues were closed down.

“To ensure the public health and safety, all entertainment permits will be on be on hold effective immediately,” the DTCM said in a statement. “Dubai Tourism will continue to evaluate the progress with the health authorities.”

As of late, there has been a large increase in the daily number of COVID-19 cases.

Furthermore, the nationwide vaccination programme is well underway. With the aim of vaccinating half of the population by March, the nation now ranks first across the globe in the daily distribution of doses of coronavirus vaccines.

According to the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA), the rate for vaccinations over the last seven days in the UAE has been 1.16 per 100 people.

Reaching another milestone, the UAE has also now administered over two million doses of COVID-19 vaccines.

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