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UAE close beaches, impose restaurant restrictions to curb coronavirus spread

Restaurants and cafes can remain open if they provide a home-delivery service and limit client capacity to 20%

UAE close beaches, impose restaurant restrictions to curb coronavirus spread

The new measures are coming into effect today (Sunday) and would remain in place for two weeks, pending review, it added.

The UAE’s Ministry of Health and Prevention and the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority announced it was temporarily closing beaches and other public areas, including parks, movie theatres and gyms, to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

Restaurants and cafes, however, could remain open if they provide a home-delivery service and limit client capacity to 20%, the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority said on Twitter. A physical distance of two metres between customers, in addition to other sanitation and public hygiene measures, must be ensured. Outdoor and self-order kiosks are exempted, it added.

The new measures are coming into effect today (Sunday) and would remain in place for two weeks, pending review, it added.

The two authorities have urged all relevant federal, local, and private institutions to ensure compliance with these decisions as per the law and to roll out all necessary guidelines to boost public awareness of the new measures.

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