Avoid Eid gatherings, social visits: UAE government

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Authorities in the UAE have reiterated the importance of avoiding family gatherings and visits during Eid Al Fitr as part of ongoing measures to curb the spread of COVID-19.

They have called on people to convey Eid greetings through phone calls and electronic channels of communication, and to avoid distributing gifts or food during the festive period.

Gatherings must be limited to family members living in the same house, while it's preferable to wear masks and ensure social distancing while interacting with elderly people and those suffering from chronic diseases.

Residents are also being reminded not to hand out cash gifts to children (Eidiya), and to use electronic payment alternatives.

Dr. Saif Al Dhaheri, spokesman of the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA), outlined the precautionary measures during a media briefing on Tuesday.

He also pointed out that the UAE is reviewing its National Travel Protocol to ease isolation and quarantine procedures for those vaccinated.

Nearly 70 per cent of the eligible group in the UAE have received the COVID-19 vaccine so far, including more than 77 per cent of the country's elderly population.

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