Coronavirus: Public parks and hotel beaches to reopen in Dubai, but groups limited to five

The update was announced by the Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management

Dubai, United Arab Emirates - Reporter: N/A: A park is closed off on the beach in Jumeriah. Thursday, March 19th, 2020. Jumeriah, Dubai. Chris Whiteoak / The National
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Public parks and hotel beaches in Dubai will reopen and allow groups of up to five people under new rules governing the relaxation of movement restrictions.

Cycling and other outdoor activities will also be permitted, officials from the Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management said on Wednesday.

The changes are effective immediately although physical distancing rules will remain in place and must be observed at all times.

Beaches at hotels in Dubai began reopening on Wednesday.

“The updates allow the opening of public parks with strict enforcement of specific preventive measures," said a statement on the government's news agency, Wam

"These include ensuring gatherings do not exceed five people. In addition, sports and recreational activities will be permitted in open spaces for up to five people, including cycling, water sports and skydiving."

Over recent days, other restrictions on travel and businesses have also been relaxed, including the resumption of Dubai's metro, ferries and water taxis.

In malls, refunds and returns are now permitted again and changing rooms have reopened for shoppers providing stores follow precautionary measures to ensure public health.

The Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management in Dubai stressed the need to continue following all precautionary and preventive measures outlined by authorities, both local and federal.

“Strictly adopting and observing these measures at all times is critical to enhance protection and support efforts to reduce the spread of the virus," it said.

The UAE announced a further 783 cases of Covid-19 infections on Tuesday, bringing the country’s total to 19,661. In total, 6,012 people in the country have now recovered from the virus and 203 have died.


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