By Staff writer
Strict social distancing and health safety measures are in place
Government employees across Dubai returned to work at 100 percent capacity from today (Sunday, June 14) as the emirate works to return to normality following the restrictions put in place to combat the spread of Covid-19.
The decision to return to work stems from a May 27 announcement by Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
Private sector offices and malls were allowed to operate at 100 percent capacity from June 3.
Government offices, however, are operating with strict safety measures in place to safeguard employees and the public.
“There are different entry and exit points to ensure safe distancing,” Saeed Mohammed AL Tayer, the managing director and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) was quoted as saying by the Khaleej Times. “We are also informing customers and staff about precautionary measures.”
Other measures in place at government offices include flexible working hours, sterilisation, mandatory face masks and thermal imaging cameras.
Additionally, some employees – including pregnant women and staff with immune deficiencies – are exempt from having to return to office, along with employees over the age of 60 or females with children in the ninth grade or below.
In neighbouring Sharjah, government offices were allowed to return to work at 30 percent capacity from Sunday.