Coronavirus: Abu Dhabi's new guidelines for weddings, funerals

Taking a COVID-19 test 24 hours before a gathering is also recommended

  
Bride wearing a mask due to corona virus. Image used illustrative purpose.

Bride wearing a mask due to corona virus. Image used illustrative purpose.

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Health authorities have issued guidelines for weddings and funerals in Abu Dhabi, which includes a maximum of 10 attendees and wearing of face masks all the time. The rules are part of the new set of safety guidelines to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Abu Dhabi Media Office said on Twitter: "In line with the directions from the Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee for the Covid-19 Pandemic, the Abu Dhabi Department of Health has issued guidelines for weddings and funerals, which include a maximum of 10 attendees. Taking a Covid-19 test 24 hours before a gathering is also recommended."

The guidelines also prohibit condolence gatherings and people have been advised to offer condolences through telephone or other communication means.

Authorities have also recommended single-use cutlery and utensils at wedding or funeral events.

The Ministry of Health and Prevention (Mohap) and the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) on Friday announced a new set of safety guidelines on organising any social event in the country. In a series of tweets NCEMA posted, it clarified that besides the maximum number of 10 people, a family event should be restricted to first-degree relatives.

Outline for the new guidelines:

- Only formal wedding ceremonies may take place, with a maximum of 10 guests in total.

- Wearing face masks all the time.

- Funerals to take place with a maximum of 10 attendees.

- Condolence gatherings are not permitted. Instead offer condolences by telephone or other communication methods.

- Use single-use cutlery and utensils (if needed).

- Take a Covid-19 test 24 hours before attending any gathering or event

- Ensure the capacity of the venue allows for physical distancing of not less than 2 meters.

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