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Dubai orders closure of commercial establishments

Two-week closure part of plans to curb the spread of coronavirus

Dubai orders closure of commercial establishments

All shops, except grocery stores, supermarkets, cooperative societies, and pharmacies that provide for the basic needs of residents, have to remain closed until April 8.

Dubai Economy has ordered all commercial establishments in the emirate to close for two weeks from Wednesday.

The move is in line with preventative measures announced by the Ministry of Health and Prevention and the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority, to bring the current coronavirus crisis under control.

All shops, except grocery stores, supermarkets, cooperative societies, and pharmacies that provide for the basic needs of residents, have to remain closed until April 8, although online sales are allowed during this period.

It was previously announced that supermarkets, cooperative societies, grocery stores and pharmacies would remain open 24/7 starting Wednesday. However, the number of shoppers at any time in these outlets must not exceed 30 percent of capacity and customers should maintain a social distance of two metres from each other.

The closure includes fish, meat and vegetable markets (except wholesalers supplying to supermarkets); shisha cafes; gyms and fitness centres; theme parks; amusement centres and electronic games (e-Games) outlets, cinemas, men’s and women’s salons, massage parlours and spas, and spring camps should all remain closed during the two-week period.

Businesses exempt from closing include bakeries, car workshops and other workshops, laundries, and technical and electrical services providers.

Restaurants, cafes, cafeterias, coffee shops, and food services establishments should also close but restaurants and cafes operating in hotels and hotel apartments to serve their guests as well as food delivery and transport services can remain open.

Customers can order for takeaways and delivery from restaurants. Restaurants within shopping malls can offer takeaway and delivery services subject to approval of the mall management.

Banks will continue to operate normally unless any other directive is issued by the UAE Central Bank.

Exchange houses and clinics can also continue to operate as usual with due regard to the guidelines on sanitisation and social distancing.

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