In a new circular, the Government of Dubai and Dubai Economy have announced the reopening of recreational activities, indoor theme parks and summer camps for children.
It is the latest in a long line of moves to ease the restrictions in Dubai, which also includes the reopening of spas and massage services.
Recreational activities including fun fairs, facilities offering rides, soft play areas, indoor and inflatable playgrounds, virtual facilities, edutainment facilities, arcades, escape rooms, and spaces offering interactive entertainment are now allowed to resume operations.
However parties and social gatherings, and baby and toddler soft play areas (for example, ball pits) are still not allowed.
Indoor theme parks such as IMG Worlds of Adventure can also resume operations, although one-on-one meet and greets, events, live entertainment and parties, parades and social gatherings are still prohibited.
Each ride will allow one individual per vehicle (unless it’s a family, in which case, they can be seated together). Every alternative vehicle is to be left empty. Wherever possible, a single person use of the ride is encouraged, and when it comes to group games, two metres of social distancing need to be ensured.
However, Dubai Parks and Resort announced last week it will postpone reopening until September 23, as part of an enhancement programme that will see 12 new rides coming to the theme park.
Meanwhile, all summer camps running in all types of facilities (including child centres, sports clubs, gyms, schools, hotels and libraries) are now allowed to reopen for children. However, nurseries will remain closed for the time being.
Strict safety measures have to be followed as these facilities and services resume operations. There will be mandatory temperature screenings, face masks, and social distancing protocol (two metres between individuals) while cleaning and hygiene requirements will also be in place.
According to the circular, all facilities should designate a hygiene officer from the team to supervise the daily cleaning and to ensure hygiene precautions are being followed.
In light of the following announcement, entertainment venues such as Dreamscape, Magic Planet, Little Explorers and iFly Dubai reopened to the public on Saturday, July 4.