The Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management in Dubai released a set of guidelines to address the wearing of face masks in public spaces. The committee headed by His Highness Sheikh Mansour Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum used information and data from the Covid-19 Command and Control Centre to encourage and ensure that the public are safe at all times.
Although the new announcements focus mainly that it is imperative to wear a mask at all times in public areas, there are some exceptions to the rules which include, young children, the mentally disabled, and people who have respiratory conditions. Exceptions have been made for the people with disabilities due to the fact that wearing a mask could interfere with their ability to communicate or breathe. People suffering with severe respiratory diseases, who also require medical sources of oxygen, do not need to wear a mask – and in order to forgo wearing one, people would need to be able to present a medical report to back their claim.
The announcement by the Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management have also clarified the circumstances in which masks can be removed when in public, which include being inside a car with people who are from the same household, eating or drinking in restaurants. attending beauty or dental appointments, and exercising both indoors or outdoors. A two meter distance from people in public continues to apply in all cases.
These new guidelines will assist Dubai in achieving a sense of normality once again and will hopefully deter the spread of the virus, whilst also bringing cases under control and to a minimum.
More information can be found at ncema.gov.ae