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Abu Dhabi implements social distancing at shops as part of latest coronavirus guidelines

Authority strongly encourages home delivery services and e-shopping

Abu Dhabi implements social distancing at shops as part of latest coronavirus guidelines

Inspections are to be carried out and anyone found violating the new rules will face legal action, according to a posting on social media.


A distance of 1.5 metres is to be left between shoppers queuing in Abu Dhabi, under new guidelines issued by the emirate’s Agriculture and Food Safety Authority.

Operators of food outlets have also been ordered to ensure employees are medically fit and keep a record of absent staff members.

Inspections are to be carried out and anyone found violating the new rules will face legal action, according to a posting on social media.

Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority said: “E-shopping and home delivery services through digital applications are strongly encouraged.”

There are currently 152 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UAE and two recorded deaths as a result of the virus.

It was previously announced that seating in restaurants and food and beverage outlets would be limited to 20 percent capacity from Sunday for two weeks in accordance with social distancing guidelines to keep at least two metres between people.

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