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Abu Dhabi allows 80% capacity at food outlets

A circular was issued by the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (DED) formalising the announcement

Abu Dhabi allows 80% capacity at food outlets

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Abu Dhabi will allow restaurants, coffee shops, cafes and other licensed food outlets as well as catering and hospitality services inside and outside malls to operate at 80% capacity.

A circular was issued by the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (DED) formalising the announcement, which comes in line with the government’s initiatives to ensure business continuity, whilst adopting health and safety measures.

This follows measures implemented by Abu Dhabi Emergency Crisis & Disaster Committee for Covid-19 pandemic.

In a Twitter statement, the Abu Dhabi Government Media Office outlined several precautionary measures:

  • Ensuring employees undergo laser-based DPI screening for the virus every 2 weeks at designated test centres, as well as temperature checks every 2 hours for employees at work.
  • Vulnerable employees to be prevented from returning to work; and outlets must rely on staff members with low risk health status.
  • Employees showing symptoms of Covid-19 must be reported to the Department of Health (DoH).
  • An infrared thermometer must be used to check temperatures of employees. Outlets operating outside malls are allowed to use manual temperature screening devices.
  • Face masks and gloves must be worn.
  • Restrictions are also being put on open food displays, food samples and buffets, except for hotels where buffets are served by dedicated waiters, as per ADAFSA’s guidelines.
  • Floor signage must be installed to indicate 2 metre social distancing, with maximum capacity on  each table to be restricted to four people.
  • Reusable glasses, plates and cutlery to be used only if properly sanitised or single-use utensils should be used.
  • Frequently touched surfaces and equipment to be regularly sanitised.
  • Contactless payment methods must be encouraged.

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