Dubai: The Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management in Dubai, headed by His Highness Sheikh Mansour Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, announced a set of guidelines on the use of face masks outside the house and in public areas for different age groups.
- All members of the community should wear a face mask outside their homes at all times
- Parents and guardians of the exempted groups to ensure a minimum physical distance of two meters from others.
- Face masks can be removed only under the conditions outlined in the guidelines as below
- The following categories have been exempted from wearing face masks under specific conditions
- Children under the age of six
- People of determination with cognitive, intellectual, or sensory disorders or any impairments that hamper their ability to breathe or communicate, as well as those for whom masks can lead to sensory triggering (This should be confirmed by a medical report).
- Individuals who require supplemental oxygen or have severe respiratory conditions, who cannot breathe safely or have difficulty breathing with a mask, are also exempted (This should be confirmed by a medical report)
The Committee also decided to allow the public to remove their face masks temporarily outside the house strictly only under the following conditions:
- When driving the car alone or in the presence of the same household members.
- While eating or drinking in indoor and outdoor settings, for example in restaurants. The public should maintain physical distance with others.
- When engaging in strenuous indoor and outdoor exercise or high-intensity workouts, as it may exacerbate known or unknown health conditions. Physical distancing should be observed at all times.
- While being alone with no people around – for example, in a private office setting.
- When the risks associated with wearing the face mask outweigh the benefits, for example, while swimming or skydiving.
- While undergoing specific treatments that require removal of masks, such as dental work and eye, nose, and throat examinations, as well as other related treatments or examinations including those involving hair and beauty.
The Committee explained that the exemptions are in line with the need to protect the safety of the community and remove risks faced by some segments from wearing the masks.