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Abu Dhabi mandates masks, thermal screenings once malls re-open

Abu Dhabi mall working hours will be set from 12pm to 9pm, with full closures remaining in place for gyms, cinemas and entertainment venues

Abu Dhabi mandates masks, thermal screenings once malls re-open

Mall working hours will be set from 12 PM to 9 PM, with full closures remaining in place for gyms, cinemas and entertainment venues. Image: ITP Media Group

Abu Dhabi has issued new guidelines for the re-opening of malls when Covid-19 restrictions have ended.

According to the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development, authorities are in talks with mall operators in the country “to explore options are part of a staggered series of re-opening across key sectors.”

Such a move, the department added, would allow Abu Dhabi residents to have “more options to purchase products they may need, in addition to e-commerce, and to support local retailers and businesses.”

In a series of guidelines governing that mall re-openings will look like, the department noted that masks and gloves will be mandatory for all visitors, who will also be encouraged to bring their own bags.

Additionally, sanitizing and thermal screening units will be installed at all entrances. Those with temperatures above 38 Celsius will be forbidden from entering.

Cashless payment options will also be encouraged, and all touch screens will be disabled.

Mall working hours will be set from 12pm to 9pm, with full closures remaining in place for gyms, cinemas and entertainment venues.

The guidelines added that crowds at malls must remain at 30 percent capacity. Those above 60 will not be allowed to enter.

Similarly, restaurants will only be allowed to operate at 30 percent seating capacity, with a maximum of four people allowed at each table. Tables must be at a minimum distance of 2.5 metres.

In Dubai, Dubai Economy has issued similar guidelines governing the re-opening of malls as part of the first step of a four-part programme to re-open the economy.

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