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Dubai Relaxes Rules For Weddings & Large Gatherings

If you told us last year that we’d be wearing face masks with our cocktail dresses, we would have likely laughed at the thought and passed it off as silly!

With the world dealing with the COVID-19 for the last 7 months, we have all been embracing a new normal where we are mindful to maintain social distancing and avoid large gatherings. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Dubai has implemented strict rules urging for large social gatherings to be postponed or cancelled entirely. However, the Emirate heads to a new direction where rules are relaxed and wedding receptions and other large gatherings can happen with some limitations.


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The announcement about the new rules was made by the Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management in Dubai on the 18th of October and will come into play from the 22nd of October 2020 whereby large social gatherings will be allowed to resume in Dubai hotels, halls, homes, temporary venues, and tents in residential areas.

However, the relaxed health and safety regulations still have limitations as hotels, restaurants and other similar venues are permitted to host gatherings of not more than 200 guests in each hall. Tents and homes can host a maximum of 30 people on the proviso that a safe social distance of one person per four square meters can be maintained.

The guidelines and conditions released by the committee for holding wedding receptions and social events include:
• Each hall is allowed to host a maximum of 200 people; homes and tents are allowed to accommodate a maximum of 30 people, so long as you allow a space of four square meters per person.
• Avoid shaking hands, kissing and hugging, and stick to non-physical greetings
• Wear a face mask at all times, except when seated at a table.
• Guests should avoid sitting face-to-face and maintain a distance of 1.5 meters between each other.
• There’s a maximum of five guests per table, and tables should be placed two meters apart.
• Events shouldn’t exceed four hours.
• People with symptoms such as a cough or fever must refrain from attending, and elderly people and those with chronic conditions should avoid gatherings. 

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