Covid-19: Abu Dhabi Introduces New Rules For Those Entering The Emirate

by Vaishnavi Venkataraman
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Motorists travelling to Abu Dhabi now have a set of new rules to follow. As part of strengthening the precautionary measures, the emirate has rolled out a set of new rules which will be effective from 27 August. Motorists travelling to Abu Dhabi must adhere to at least one of the two new rules.

As per the first rule, motorists can carry a negative swab test done 48 hours ahead of their travel to the emirate. Alternatively, residents can also enter the emirate if they have a negative DPI laser test result and have a negative PCR swab test from the past six days.

Earlier, residents entering Abu Dhabi were required to show a negative DPI laser test. Now, a PCR swab test done within the past six days is also a must in order to be granted entry.

Abu Dhabi Schools To Reopen In August: Here’s What Will Be Different

The Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge on July 21 announced the reopening of schools from 30 August. Children in the emirate will return to school for the next academic year, with strict guidelines in place. Schools will follow four main safe pillars: operations, teaching and learning, staff and student wellbeing and community support. Meanwhile, schools in Sharjah have made online learning compulsory for 2 weeks.

Policies & Guidelines For Abu Dhabi Schools

1. Pupils over 6 years of age, must wear facemask at all times, when they return to school after summer. In case they are unable to wear a mask, a face shield is also permitted. All kids must bring two facemasks with them as well as carry a hand sanitizer.

2. Temperature checks before entering the building, social distancing of 1.5 metres for all and an intensive cleaning programme are other guidelines that will be in place.

3. Schools can decide on the mode of teaching that will be implemented. Schools will be given a choice to function full time, in or on alternating days, for half days; alternating weeks; or a combination of these. Full-distance learning will not be permitted and all kids must be enrolled in school. Kids who wish to continue home schooling might have to repeat the academic year. Full time distance education will be available only for kids who have a medical condition. Schools must decide the mode of education by 30 July, 2020. Meanwhile, here are 5 Cinemas That Are Now Open In Dubai.

4. Students in KG and the early primary grades will be grouped into bubbles of 10 pupils, to avoid over crowding.

5. Some schools may also convert non-teaching areas like libraries and gyms into classrooms to ensure social distancing.

6. Play areas inside the school will remain closed, and PE and performing arts lessons will remain suspended until further notice.

7. Kids who fall ill will be quarantined immediately and monitored by  a nurse. The school will then inform the parents.

8. School buses will operate at 50 per cent capacity, and social distancing will be in place. Children will be assigned seats on the bus for the entire term. Parents and children with phones must download the AlHosn app.

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