Abu Dhabi, the second-most populous emirate in the UAE, will restrict access to shopping malls, restaurants, cafes and other public places from June 15 to those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 or recently tested negative.
The city announced a colour-coded system on its health app which details testing and vaccination history earlier this month. Those with ‘green’ status are allowed more freedom of movement in Abu Dhabi, with a list of restricted places such as public beaches already announced earlier this month. “The Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee has approved allowing entry into a number of public places for only those vaccinated, effective from Friday, August 20,” they announced Monday.
Unvaccinated people will be kept out of shopping malls, restaurants, retail stores, gyms, recreational facilities and sporting activities, hotel resorts, museums and parks, as well as universities, schools and nurseries. Unvaccinated people will still be permitted to enter smaller shops and pharmacies.
“The decision is in line with the emirate’s strategy to combat the Covid-19 pandemic,” the committee said, adding new measures do not apply to children under 15 and those exempt from vaccination—including pregnant women and individuals with medical conditions.
ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH
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