Ramzan 2022: UAE announces COVID-19 safety rules to set up Iftar tents

Abu Dhabi: The United Arab Emirates (UAE) have announced the new COVID-19 safety rules that must be followed for setting up Iftar tents during the holy month of Ramzan.

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Iftar tents have been cancelled for the past two years to prevent gatherings and limit the spread of the COVID-19.

The first day of the holy month of Ramzan 1443-2022 in Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Algeria, Kuwait, the Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan, Morocco and other Arab countries is predicted to fall on April 2, 2022.

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The exact date of the start of Ramzan will be confirmed closer to the date, based on the moon-sighting tradition.

The National Emergency and Crisis Management Authority (NCEMA) said the tents would be reinstated.

Here are the COVID-19 safety measures for the operation of the tents

  • A green pass on Al Hosn app will be required to enter
  • Approval will be required from Emirates Red Crescent to set up a tent
  • Each emirate will consult with its local Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority to decide occupancy levels
  • Social distancing of one metre must be maintained
  • Masks must be worn
  • Tents may open two hours before iftar
  • Organisers are to provide masks and disinfectant and to direct people to follow all precautionary and preventive measures, including mask-wearing, physical distancing and frequent hand sterilisation
  • Open-air tents to be used
  • Using disposable table covers is mandatory, with disposable plates, cups and spoons recommended

On Wednesday, UAE reported 318 new COVID-19 cases, the lowest daily tally in 12 weeks. The COVID-19 daily figures had exceeded 3,000 as recently as January.

The UAE has eased COVID-19 restrictions in line with the cautious recovery from the pandemic.

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