The United Arab Emirates has today relaxed some of its strict lockdown measures which have been in place been since the beginning of April in a battle to slow the spread of coronavirus. The nation has now made changes to its public curfew, as well as opening some shopping malls and markets.
- Coronavirus: Where am I allowed to travel to?
This means for those in the UAE, including popular holiday hotspot Dubai, they will now be allowed out of their home for extended hours and will be allowed to exercise.
Retailers are also being told to prepare for imminent reopening as of tomorrow for restricted hours.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has issued an updated statement on its website which reads: “On 24 April, daytime movement restrictions in Dubai emirate were relaxed to remove the requirement for a permit between 0600 – 2200. Limited exercise outside of the home is permitted during these times.
“Tourist and cultural sites have been closed temporarily. Pharmacies and supermarkets remain open. Since 24 April, Dubai shopping malls, markets and commercial outlets will be open for restricted hours, social distancing and other measures will apply.”
For those currently in the country, the FCO warns: “Local restrictions may change frequently and you should keep up to date with information via official sources.
“You should keep up to date with local public health measures and comply with instructions. If you fail to do so you risk being fined or imprisoned. The authorities have advised that the public should remain at home unless they need to buy food, basic essentials or medicine, and maintain social distancing when doing so.”
Retail outlets will now be partially reopened between the hours of 12:00pm and 10:00pm, however the decision as to whether they will open will remain with the mall or outlet owners personally, so some restrictions may apply.
Flight secrets: Pilot reveals how planes really stay up in the air [INSIDER]
When can we go on holiday again? The experts have their say [COMMENT]
Cruise: CDC extends ‘no-sail’ ban [LIST]
The decision was made as Dubai’s confirmed cases reach 8,756.
There have been just 56 fatalities at the time of writing.
However, with a huge portion of the world – including the UK – still under lockdown rules, travel to and from the region remains cut off.
The FCO states: “The UAE suspended all inbound and outbound flights at 11:59 pm local time on Tuesday 24 March.
“There are currently extremely limited commercial options available to return to the UK from the UAE.
“If you live in the UK and are currently visiting the UAE, you’re strongly advised to return now by commercial means. “
- Majorca claims 2020 holidays will go ahead & gets ready for tourists
The UK government is currently working with airlines including British Airways on a £75 million repatriation effort to bring British tourists back home.
As of March 19, only UAE citizens have been allowed to enter the country.
With most of the world still in the grasp of COVID-19, little is known about how the future of travel will pan out, and when holidays will resume.
While some experts remain optimistic, with countries such as Greece hoping to kickstart their tourist season by July, others are asking international holidaymakers to stay away.
The Balearic Islands, home to Ibiza and Majorca, are suggesting Britons won’t be able to visit this summer.
According to the Balearics Tourism minister Lago Negueruela, the local government is expecting the islands to remain closed in May, June and July due to the coronavirus pandemic.
After these months, they hope to see a gradual reintroduction of oversea visitors to rebuild the tourism economy.
Mr Negueruela hinted that Britons will not be amongst those returning to the islands and told the local media that only tourists from certain countries will be allowed in.
UAE ministers have yet to announce their plans for reopening the country to tourists, so it remains unclear as to when British travellers will be welcomed back into the country.
Source: Read Full Article