LONDON: Dubai announced a lifting of restrictions to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) for people over 60 and children younger than 12 on Wednesday.
The decision to reopen certain sectors of the economy, which will begin on Thursday, was taken by the emirate’s Supreme Committee for Crisis and Disaster Management, the Dubai Media Office (DMO) reported.
The precautionary measures of wearing face masks and social distancing still apply across the emirate.
Facilities to reopen include swimming pools, museums and cinemas, as well as those providing healthcare to elderly people.
According to the DMO, people aged over 60 and below 12 will be allowed to enter malls and other public places as long they continue to follow precautionary measures, such as wearing face masks and maintaining a distance of two meters from other people.
As of Wednesday, the UAE had 42,928 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 293 fatalities.