Abu Dhabi Tourism: New standards for welcoming the public in business and entertainment activities

The Department of Culture and Tourism in Abu Dhabi decided to set a rate of 50% of the capacity to receive the public at business events, while determining the rate of 30% of the capacity to receive the public in entertainment activities authorized by the department only based on the conditions and standards adopted in this regard.

It also decided, in a new circular issued today, addressed to directors of tourism and hotel establishments, event organizers and hall owners, the UAE obtained today a copy of it, to determine the percentage of the capacity for visitors to private beaches and swimming pools at 60%.

She said that the public should perform a COVID-19 test via a nose swab 48 hours before attending the event, with a nasal swab done for all event employees and organizers on a weekly basis.

The department pointed out that the document should be attached to a directive document for preventive instructions from Covid-19 during the events to determine the course of action required to implement the prevention measures for event organizers or owners of the place hosting the event, noting that the document aims to simplify and explain the activities and processes followed in the various sites and places to hold events to maintain the highest levels. Health and safety for employees and visitors of events and sites.

The guidance document includes event planning information such as conducting a comprehensive risk assessment at the beginning of the event planning phase, determining the responsibilities of the organizers, appointing a liaison officer to monitor the level of compliance with precautionary measures, reviewing emergency plans, developing procedures for how to deal with any medical emergencies, updating and distributing emergency communications information in a timely manner, etc. .

The document also included general hygiene procedures and advice related to hand washing, how to use masks, ways to take off gloves, and the application of a social distancing policy with a list of prohibitions such as not putting the mask on the nose or mouth alone or using a mask that was torn, wet, or used, and not leaving the used mask within reach of others and avoiding removing the mask. To talk to someone or do things that require touching the mask and not to put a tight mask on the face.

The department noted the importance of adhering to the aforementioned procedures in order to avoid the legal measures taken on violators, warning that tourist and hotel facilities and events will be inspected by inspectors of the Department of Culture and Tourism in the emirate to verify compliance with these instructions.

She indicated that this circular comes in line with the directives issued by the concerned authorities in the emirate regarding precautionary measures regarding the Covid-19 pandemic and with regard to support and development of the tourism sector and the national economy, in a manner that does not conflict with the public interest and the security and safety of society.

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