With a Covid pandemic still looming and EID fast approaching, a time of celebration and gathering for many worldwide, and safety being a key concern for both Muslims and non-muslims worldwide, let us have a look at UAE Eid Al Fitr Covid Laws for this year.
The battle with Covid 19 had been ongoing for over a year now with the declaration by the World Health Organization on the 30th of January 2020, of the outbreak of a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, and a pandemic on 11 March 2020.
Over a year later there have been three million casualties worldwide, with 1,610 in the UAE as of the 8th of May 2021. This caution is heightened by a recent outbreak in India which has led to between 300,000-400,000 new reported cases for the last two weeks.
The UAE has handled the pandemic very well and this is due to a prompt and efficient response by the authorities involved. These measures though valid, have led to some outcry with some 84,253 appeals to penalties imposed for Covid-19 safety violations in 2020, according to the UAE Public Prosecution. And 4,210 fines in Abu Dhabi in one week.
To avoid fines during this festive period we have outlined the measures posed by Government for this year’s EID celebration:
- The National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) announced on Tuesday, May 4th: UAE residents have been told to avoid family visits and gatherings during EID Al Fitr. Celebrations must be restricted to members of the same family living in the same house.
- Greetings must be exchanged via electronic means of communication and not in person.
- Neighbours and family members must not give each other gifts or share food.
- The tradition of giving cash or gifts (Eidiya) must be avoided. If they must, cash must be transferred to bank accounts.
Considering all this we would just like to applaud the UAE’s efforts in handling the pandemic and due to the preventive measures it has taken since the outbreak of the pandemic, it has managed to deal with the pandemic effectively and efficiently while ensuring the continuity of business activities and community affairs.
The UAE is ranked 8th globally and maintained its 1’st ranking among the Arab countries on Bloomberg COVID-19 Resilience Ranking Index.
EID Mubarak, ADG wishes you all a very happy and peaceful EID.