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CommunityHealthNo more masks in Abu Dhabi, Al Hosn App green status changes too

The Government has announced that residents no longer have to wear masks in most indoor places and loosened Al Hosn App requirements too. The news came via a tweet from the country’s National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA), and marks the end of an era: face mask rules that have been in place for two and a half years. In a special briefing on the subject, NCEMA advised residents to wear a mask...
Ann Marie McQueenSeptember 26, 202213 min
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The Government has announced that residents no longer have to wear masks in most indoor places and loosened Al Hosn App requirements too.

The news came via a tweet from the country’s National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA), and marks the end of an era: face mask rules that have been in place for two and a half years.

In a special briefing on the subject, NCEMA advised residents to wear a mask if they are ill, and will require mask-wearing in certain public locations: hospitals and clinics, mosques and other places of worship and on buses.

Other changes:

• A green Al Hosn app is still required for most public places, including malls and hotels

• The Al Hosn app “green” status now requires a PCR test every 30 days, up from 14

• Unvaccinated people who have a negative PCR can get a green status for 7 days

• Students don’t need to wear masks in schools

• Masking rules will be determined by airlines

• The Government will stop publishing daily infection counts

• People who get Covid-19 quarantine for 5 days

• PCR tests required only if symptoms present

• Those who’ve been in the presence of someone with Covid-19 must take a PCR test and wait for seven days

The rules come into effect on Wednesday, September 28.

This article has been updated to correct a previous version. 

Ann Marie McQueen

Ann Marie McQueen is the founding editor-in-chief of Livehealthy and host of The Livehealthy Podcast. She is a veteran Canadian digital journalist who has worked in North America and the Middle East. Her past roles include features editor for The National, trends writer and columnist for the Canadian newspaper chain Sun Media, and correspondent for CBC Radio.

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