Ramadan 2020 (Ramadan 1441, according to the Islamic calendar), will be in many ways different from the past ones. In this post you can find information about the news.
Taking into account the Covid-19 pandemic, Emirates Fatwa Council, on April 19 deliberated on the rules to follow during Ramadan 2020, concerning prayer, fasting and zakat.
For complete information, please refer to the official UAE Government Portal 👉 Ramadan 2020
Ramadan visits and social life
In a joint circular, dated April 24th, the Ministry of Health (MoHaP) and National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) defined the guidelines for the management of traditional visits exchanged between relatives and friends during the Holy Month of Ramadan.
According to the new guidelines, for safety reasons:
- First and second degree relatives are allowed to pay visit but must avoid to involve the elderly, those suffering from chronic diseases and, in general, those at risk, who must be protected. The latter, emphasize the authorities in the circular, must remain at home.
- Number of people present in the same place at any one time, in any case, must not exceed 5 individuals and meetings or gatherings are not allowed in private or in public places.
- Installation of curtains and majilis, traditionally reserved for sharing the Iftar, is prohibited, in private or in public places.
- Exchanging food between neighbors, relatives or friends is also prohibited. The authorities specify that in the event that food should be received, care must always be taken to place it in special sealed containers.
- Service personnel must be equipped with all necessary protective devices. They cannot meet anyone outside the home in which they are hosted or receive food from outside. In addition, they must be instructed on the precautions to be followed when receiving something from the outside, including washing hands with soap and water for at least twenty seconds, and on the need to avoid hand-face contact.
For further information, please refer 👉 to the article on the New Guidelines
Grocery stores, cooperatives, supermarkets and pharmacies operate 24 hours a day during the month of Ramadan.
Shops that sell meat, fish, fruit and vegetables, flour, coffee, tea, sweets, nuts and chocolates are allowed to stay open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
All authorized shops, according to the ministerial directives, must adopt precautionary security measures, such as the social distance, limiting entry of shoppers to the 30 percent of the store’s capacity.
National Sterilization Program: review of timing during Ramadan
The National Sterilization Program will take place from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., instead of from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. as in the previous days.
Citizens and residents will have to limit their exits to the needs.
Parking during Ramadan
Parking is free for the whole month of Ramadan
Public transportation during Ramadan
In Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and in the Al Dhafra region, buses and public transport, subjected to sterilization on the weekend from April 23rd, will be operating again from April 25th, from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m.
During sterilization, the free service on demand, Abu Dhabi Healthcare Link, dedicated to healthcare personnel in service, is working 24 hours a day until Saturday 25th, resuming the usual time thereafter.