Dubai reveals new guidelines for wearing masks in public

Dubai has revealed a new set of guidelines regarding the wearing of masks in public, outlining when they can be removed temporarily and those who are exempt from wearing them.

The Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management issued an update on when people can remove face masks temporarily, which includes exercising and dining in restaurants:

#Dubai ’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management announces a set of guidelines on the use of face masks outside the house and in public areas for different age groups. The new guidelines are based on the recommendations of the COVID-19 Command and Control Centre. — Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) May 31, 2020 Temporary removal When engaging in strenuous indoor and outdoor exercise or high intensity workouts, as it may exacerbate known or unknown health conditions. Physical distancing must be observed at all times. When alone, with no people around. During specific treatments specific treatments that require removal of masks, such as dental work and eye, nose, and throat examinations, as well as other related treatments or examinations including those involving hair and beauty. In the office, only when alone and not surrounded by others. Driving alone or with members of the same family. While eating or drinking in indoor and outdoor settings, for example in restaurants. The public must however maintain physical distance with others. When the risks associated with wearing the face mask outweigh the benefits, for example while swimming or skydiving. Those exempted from wearing masks: People with cognitive, intellectual and sensory disorders with an official medical report. Individuals who require supplemental oxygen or have severe respiratory conditions, with an official medical report. Children under the age of 6.

Dubai recently eased restrictions that were imposed at the start of Eid Al Fitr, allowing people to leave their homes between 6am and 11pm.

The UAE’s National Disinfection Programme, which applies to all other emirates in the country, announced that the National Disinfection Programme hours will be eased by two hours from Saturday, and will run from 10pm to 6am.