Abu Dhabi to open museums, cultural sites at 40% capacity

The authority has prescribed precautionary measures for the health and safety of visitors as well as employees

Louvre Museum Abu Dhabi Saadiyat Island   Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates Photo byGrace Guino  ITP Images
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Louvre Museum Abu Dhabi Saadiyat Island Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates Photo byGrace Guino ITP Images

Abu Dhabi's Department of Culture & Tourism (DCT) has issued regulations for opening museums and cultural sites in the emirate, as part of its efforts to relax restrictions and continue business operations while taking several measures to mitigate the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

Despite the reopening of establishments, the authority has prescribed precautionary measures for the health and safety of visitors as well as employees, in light of the current crisis. These include operating at 40% of the facility’s capacity, wearing of masks and gloves and regular sterilisation of each facility, state-run Abu Dhabi Media Office reported.

The measures further include thermal camera installation at entrances; limited visitation time to a maximum of three hours; no activities such as workshops, tours, programmes and classes to be held; and COVID-19 tests conducted for employees before resuming work.

Museums and cultural establishments in the emirate will receive approve to reopen once DCT officials have verified compliance with the regulations.

Additional instructions as prescribed by the authority include the implmentation of social distancing; installations of glass partitions, sterilisers and thermal detection devices; removal of touchscreens; and mandatory isolation rooms for suspected cases.

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