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Covid-19: UAE closes select public places for 2 weeks

Wam/Abu Dhabi
Filed on March 21, 2020
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Strict health guidelines issued for eateries during this period.

UAE just announced the closure of most public places in the country in a statement issued on Saturday.

The National Emergency and Crisis and Disaster Management Authority announce the temporary closure of all public and private beaches, parks, swimming pools (public and private), cinemas, fitness centres from Sunday (March 22) for a period of two weeks - subject to review and evaluation.

Also watch: UAE tells residents to #StayHome

Restaurants, cafes and food and beverage outlets may operate for home delivery requests during this period provided they abide by the required sterilization and public health procedures.

Seating in restaurants and food and beverage outlets will be limited to 20 per cent capacity as per social distancing guidelines to keep at least 2 metres (6.5ft) between people, effective Sunday (March 22) for a renewable period of two weeks.

Outdoor and self-order kiosks are exempted.

The Ministry of Health and Prevention and NCEMA have urged all relevant federal, local, and private institutions to ensure compliance with these decisions as per the law, and to roll out all necessary guidelines to boost public awareness of the new measures.


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