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UAE government to close shopping malls for two weeks

Restaurants will close to customers and limited to deliveries only

UAE government to close shopping malls for two weeks

The decision to close malls will take effect after 48 hours, and will be subject to review and re-assessment after the initial two-week period.

The UAE has decided to close all commercial centres, and shopping malls along with fish, meat and vegetables markets for a period of at least two weeks.

In a statement, the Ministry of Health and Prevention and the National Emergency and Crisis and Disasters Management Authority said the decision will take effect after 48 hours, and will be subject to review and re-assessment after the initial two-week period.

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The decision excludes pharmacies, and food retail outlets, including cooperative societies, grocery stores, and supermarkets, along with fish, meat and vegetables markets dealing with wholesalers.

Under the decision, restaurants will not be allowed to receive customers. Instead, their services will be limited to home deliveries only.

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Decision - subject to review in two weeks - will take effect in 48 hours, with cargo and emergency evacuation flights would be exempt