With Ramadan set to start next month, the UAE has announced a series of rules and restrictions due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
In a statement issued on their official Twitter page, the UAE’s National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) advised that people should not attend evening gatherings and family visits should be limited.
“Only members of the same family living in the same house can share meals,” their statement added.
In line with this, mosques will be required to close immediately after prayers and no iftar meals are permitted to take place inside. Women’s prayer areas are set to remain closed.
#NCEMA: For the health & safety of society, we advise all to avoid evening gatherings during Ramadan, limit family visits, & avoid distributing & exchanging meals between homes & families. Only members of the same family living in the same house can share meals#TogetherWeRecover
— NCEMA UAE (@NCEMAUAE) March 16, 2021
Seminars and religious lessons also will remain suspended, instead with virtual options being given. It was also advised by the NCEMA that smart devices should be used to read the Qu’ran.
When it comes to Qiyam-ul-layl, which is the last 10 days of Ramadan, an announcement will be made in line with the situation of the pandemic.
Finally, it was advised that those who are elderly or have chronic diseases should avoid gatherings throughout Ramadan.
“We call on everyone to cooperate and adhere to measures and instructions, as intensive inspection campaigns will be carried out during Ramadan, and legal measures will be taken against all violators, whether individuals or institutions,” the authority stated.
“We affirm that all measures announced in the current national protocol are subject to modification based on the global and local health situation.”
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