As cases continue to decline across the nation, health officials in the United Arab Emirates announced further relaxation of several COVID-19 restrictions on Sunday.
According to the National Crisis and Emergency Management Authority of the United Arab Emirates, masks would no longer be required to be worn in all open and enclosed institutions as of Monday, with the exception of health facilities and centers for individuals with disabilities.
The Al Hosn App will no longer require a Green Pass to access public areas. Instead, it will only be used to provide confirmation of immunization and test results upon request, both domestically and internationally.
In mosques and other places of worship, using a personal mat during prayer will be optional.
According to NCEMA, depending on the “type” or “importance of the activity,” organizing bodies for sporting events and activities may ask for “pre-examination” or vaccination certificates.
For those who have the virus, the five-day mandated isolation period will still apply, and coronavirus PCR testing and treatment services will continue to be available as usual.
“In the past period, we have witnessed a noticeable decrease in infections and deaths, which indicates the extent of society’s awareness and application of all precautionary and preventive measures to preserve the country’s gains and achievements,” NCEMA said.
According to the most recent data available, the UAE reported 263 new COVID-19 cases, 290 recoveries, and 0 deaths on Sunday.
“The UAE government has made unremitting efforts during the last period to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in increased awareness on how to deal with epidemics and diseases,” NCEMA added.
“The health sector, in coordination and cooperation with concerned authorities, intensified its efforts to deal with the health crisis, stemming from the belief that society’s health is a top priority of the wise leadership.
“We affirm that the health sector will continue to monitor the situation and implement active monitoring in all regions of the country.”
The “National Active Monitoring Program for Influenza and Acute Respiratory Disease” for the health sector will now incorporate a number of measurements, according to NCEMA.
The wearing of masks in indoor and outdoor public settings was among the COVID-19 regulations that were loosened by the UAE in September.