Jun 29, 2021 - World

Abu Dhabi to ban adults not vaccinated against COVID from most public places

 A man waits for his test results after being tested with Laser-based DPI technology at a testing center at the Dubai-Abu Dhabi border on August 10, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

A COVID-19 testing center in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, near the border with Dubai. Photo: Francois Nel/Getty Images

Abu Dhabi will soon only allow adults vaccinated against COVID-19 in public places including schools, universities, shopping centers and gyms — banning anyone who hasn't been inoculated against the virus unless they've a valid reason.

The big picture: United Arab Emirates authorities said in a Twitter post Monday they're taking the action, effective Aug. 20, to "preserve public health" after vaccinating 93% of "target groups." Anyone in the UAE capital under 16 will be exempt from the rule, which doesn't apply to retailers selling essential goods, such as supermarkets and pharmacies.

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