Dubai shuts all bars and pubs for a month

All bars and pubs in Dubai will be shut until the end of February as the emirate tightens regulations to curb climbing cases of Covid-19.

The move is one of a slew of restrictions introduced this month aimed at reducing cases in the city, which have climbed steadily in recent weeks.

Cinemas, plus entertainment and sports venues, will have their capacity restricted to 50 per cent.

Hotels, as well as hotel swimming pools and beaches, must operate at 70 per cent capacity.

Shopping malls will also operate at 70 per cent capacity.

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Restaurants and cafes will remain open, but must shut by 1am.

“Enhanced precautionary measures will be stringently enforced,” according to the Dubai government.

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“The measures seek to further enhance efforts to combat Covid-19, and protect the health and safety of all citizens, residents and visitors.”

The emirate already requires the wearing of face masks in public places, including outdoor spaces.

Last week, the United Arab Emirates was placed on the UK’s “red list” of countries, for which mandatory hotel quarantine is expected to be introduced later this month.

It joined another 32 countries, including Portugal, South Africa and much of South America, after the government announced plans to ramp up travel restrictions in a bid to stop new Covid-19 variants from entering the country.

The travel ban means all flights from Dubai and Abu Dhabi have been grounded until further notice.

Last week, Dubai tightened its entry requirements, axing the free testing on arrival option for British visitors.

A handful of Britons are currently stranded in Dubai for the foreseeable, including a number of influencers.

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