UAE announces protocols for Commemoration, National Day celebrations
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UAE announces protocols for Commemoration, National Day celebrations

UAE announces protocols for Commemoration, National Day celebrations

Event organisers will form specialised teams to ensure adherence of protocols

The UAE has announced protocols for Commemoration Day and National Day celebrations.

Dr. Saif Juma Al Dhaheri, official spokesman of the National Crisis and Emergency Management Authority (NCEMA), stated that proof of a negative PCR test result conducted within 96 hours of the event and a temperature check is necessary.

The event’s capacity will be 80 per cent, face masks must be worn at all times in closed areas or crowded places, and a 1.5-metre distance must be maintained, he added. Members of a family can stay together, without the need to apply the physical distancing rule.

Attendees from all age groups who took their last dose 14 or more days before the event will be allowed to enter, along with those who have received a booster shot or can show a Green Pass.

The protocol urged people to greet each other from a distance without shaking hands, official news agency WAM reported.

Dr. Al Dhaheri noted the organising entity will form teams to verify the implementation of the requirements, organise entry and exit procedures and ensure the avoidance of overcrowding.

“We urge everyone to follow the protocols of local authorities and adhere to them, to ensure the health and safety of the community,” he stated.

The UAE’s health sector is continuing to achieve herd immunity by providing vaccines to eligible categories of people, he added. As much as 97.92 per cent of the population have received their first dose while 87.86 per cent are fully vaccinated.

The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) has also approved the urgent use of Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for those aged between 5 and 11.

Read: UAE approves use of Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for children aged 5 to 11

In May this year, MoHAP had approved the emergency use of the Pfizer vaccine for children between the ages of 12 to 15.

Read also: Children between the age of 12-15 in the UAE now eligible for Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine

“Concerning the situation related to Covid-19 in the country, the health sector is working on increasing the number of coronavirus tests and providing the vaccine to all target categories free of charge,” Dr. Al Dhaheri added.

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