Abu Dhabi updates COVID test rules for government employees

Abu Dhabi updates COVID test rules for government employees

Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee, in collaboration with the Department of Government Support, has announced an increase in workplace attendance to 60 percent for all employees and outsourced workers in government entities and firms with effect from May 30, 2021.

In line with this announcement, Abu Dhabi government workers are required to pay for COVID-19 screenings mandatory for access to offices and workplaces. According to the revised protocols announced by the Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Committee, vaccinated government employees are required to undergo COVID-19 PCR screenings only once a month, instead of every week as per previous guidelines.

Furthermore, those who are yet not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are required to undergo PCR screenings every week.

The Committee has underlined that only those with vaccination exemption certificates issued by approved health authorities are exempted from bearing the cost for regular PCR testing. In addition, those vaccinated employees who have active icons (letter E and gold star) on their Al Hosn app are exempted from taking the tests.

From June 1, workplaces across the Abu Dhabi emirate can allow attendance up to 60 percent of the total capacity. However, remote working can be permitted to workers aged 60 years and older, people of determination, immunocompromised employees, pregnant women, and women taking care of infants. In addition, one of the parents of a child enrolled in Grade 10 or lower pursuing online learning can also work remotely until the term ends. 

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