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A recent circular issued by the Dubai government has said that they will soon allow hosting of live events as tourists return to the city. The events include indoor and outdoor live concerts and private events, such as weddings. 

However, the events will have a rigorous set of social distancing guidelines, with indoor events subject to limited capacity in place to continue the fight against coronavirus. Seated concerts will be required to keep two seats between each group of people or solo persons, even in the VIP areas of the venue.

Furthermore, venues must organize a staggered entry for ticket holders, and post-event, allowing guests to exit row-by-row via marked walkways. Online tickets are encouraged but in case of box office purchase, floor markers must ensure social distancing in the queue.

Guests and staff are required to wear masks throughout, and performers are permitted to remove their masks if they are at least four meters away from the audience. The should be a strick no physical interaction with performers and fans.

In standing events, markers should be in place on the floor to guide guests where to stand to ensure they maintain the correct distance from others.

In terms of food and beverage, pre-packaged food is allowed or buffet provided that social distancing is ensured and no self-serve.

Event organizers must outline strict sanitation guidelines for the build-up to an event, during, and after the event has taken place. Nightclubs are excluded from the move, with more information expected in the coming weeks.


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