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Abu Dhabi shopping malls, food retailers and pharmacies must install thermal cameras at entrances

Malls will have to pay a fee for the cameras that must be rented through the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (NCEMA)

Abu Dhabi shopping malls, food retailers and pharmacies must install thermal cameras at entrances

Malls must limit shoppers' visiting period to two hours to reduce overcrowding 

All shopping malls, food retailers and pharmacies in the UAE's capital are required to install thermal cameras at entrances, according to a circular by the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED), reported Emirates news agency WAM.

The cameras must be rented through the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (NCEMA), to which they will be linked, meaning the mall will pay fees for the service. However the authority said the cost will be determined at a later time.

It said the move is essential in implementing the highest levels of precautionary and preventive measures to protect shoppers from Covid-19. 

The measures also include limiting the visiting period to two hours to reduce the overcrowding of shoppers inside the malls and maintain only 30 percent capacity.

Rashed Abdul Karim Al Balooshi, Undersecretary of ADDED, said the authority is continuously coordinating with mall managements in Abu Dhabi to supervise the implementation of the precautionary and preventive measures.

He added that shopping centres which comply to the terms and conditions will be granted permission to reopen and receive visitors and shoppers. 

Moreover, he urged shoppers to follow the procedures in ensuring safe shopping such as paying by card as opposed to cash, and wearing protective gear like face masks and gloves, as well as applying social distancing.

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