The news comes after Sharjah announced new restrictions on restaurants, cinemas and gyms…

The Ras Al Khaimah Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Team has just announced new restrictions at various venues and social gatherings. The news comes shortly after Sharjah announced new restrictions on restaurants, cinemas and gyms.

In a meeting held virtually and chaired by Ras Al Khaimah Police Commander-in-Chief His Excellency Major General Ali Abdullah bin Alwan Al Nuaimi, caps were set on the number of people allowed at various venues and social gatherings.

According to H.E. Al Nuaimi, capacity at public beaches and parks are limited to 70 per cent.

Shopping malls and centres are allowed to operate at 60 per cent capacity.

Public transportation, cinemas, entertainment events and venues, fitness centres and gyms, pools and private beaches at hotels are to limit their capacity to 50 per cent.

Restaurants and cafés are also required to maintain a two-metre distance between tables, where no more than four people are allowed to sit together unless they belong to the same family.

Additionally, the meeting discussed and put limits on the number of individuals allowed at family and social gatherings (including weddings) to 10. Funerals, it was added, are allowed to have up to 20 attendees.

The authorities called on the public to avoid undermining the precautions taken to curb the spread of Covid-19. They stressed the need to maintain a physical distance of 2 metres in public, while abiding by precautionary measures, such as wearing protective masks in all the above-mentioned venues.

The RAK Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Team concluded its meeting by reaffirming its commitment to working together with field teams from all relevant entities in the city who are collaborating to flag violations and enforce precautionary measures.

Other emirates

Abu Dhabi

Earlier this week, Abu Dhabi announced similar preventative measures in the battle against Covid-19.


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As of Friday February 5, cinemas in Abu Dhabi have been required to stop operations as part of temporary pandemic safety measures. A post on the Vox Cinema’s Instagram page announces ‘We will be back soon so please stay tuned for updates on reopening’.

Additionally, malls across the emirate must operate at no more than 40 per cent of their maximum capacity.  Gyms will be limited to 50 per cent, while restaurants and coffee shops must admit no more than 60 per cent of their capacity.


In Dubai, a series of new restrictions pertaining to cinemas, hotels, swimming pools, restaurants and cafes were also announced.

There will be a 50 per cent reduction in the capacity of outdoor seated venues including cinemas and entertainment and sports venues.

Hotels will have to operate at 70 per cent capacity. New bookings should comply with the capacity limit. The capacity for swimming pools and private beaches in hotels are limited to 70 per cent.

Restaurants and cafes are required to close by 1am and malls are to operate at 70 per cent capacity.

The tweet added that the measures are effective from 2nd February to 28th February, 2021.

Earlier in February, a circular issued by Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) stated that all activities which lead to large groups such as weekend brunches must be postponed. It also mentioned that no music can be played in hotel venues. Read about the clarification on this rule here.

Those who don’t follow the preventive measures will face tougher penalties. The public is encouraged to report violations by individuals or establishments through the Dubai Police call centre on 901 or on the ‘Police Eye’ service through the Dubai Police Smart App.

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On the same day as the Ras Al Khaimah restrictions were announced, Sharjah Economic Department also announced new restrictions pertaining to restaurants, cinemas and gyms.

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Cinemas and entertainment centres must not exceed 50 per cent of the total capacity.

At shopping centres and malls, the capacity must not exceed 60 per cent of the total capacity.

A safe distance of two metres must be left between each table at restaurants and no more than four individuals are allowed to sit at each table with the exception of members of the same family.

At fitness centres and gyms, the capacity must not exceed 50 per cent of the total capacity.

At each of the venues, a two-metre distance must be maintained between each visitors and masks are to be worn at all times.

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