By Gavin Gibbon
Sharjah Co-op implemented similar restrictions to curb spread of coronavirus
Customers of Union Coop who fail to wear a face mask while shopping will be hit with a AED1,000 fine.
The new guidelines were announced by the country’s largest consumer cooperative on social media as part of further efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus. The posting added: “Kindly keep distances and avoid crowding.”
While hand sanitiser and gloves are available free of charge at the entrance to Union Co-op branches, face masks must be purchased.
Union Coop recently announced that all of its branches will operate 24-hours-a-day, with exceptions of Al Mamzar, Al Mizhar Mini Coop, Coop the Pointe, Al Satwa and International City.
Sharjah Co-op, meanwhile, has implemented similar restrictions, albeit aimed at those who may already be suffering from illnesses, with a AED1,000 penalty. A notice read: “To limit the spread of the coronavirus, owners of chronic diseases and those suffering from colds and flu must wear masks and gloves in closed places.”
Authorities moved quickly on Sunday to assure members of the public that there was no shortage of face masks in the UAE.
Dubai Economy revealed that supermarket chain Lulu is sourcing 1.6 million face masks daily on average for the UAE.