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Combating coronavirus: Sharjah reopens malls, salons and dine-in facilities today

Afkar Abdullah /Sharjah Filed on May 3, 2020 | Last updated on May 3, 2020 at 07.10 am
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Strict safety guidelines will have to be observed after the reopening to protect public health.

Commercial establishments, including malls, salons and eateries will reopen tomorrow in Sharjah.

Strict safety guidelines will have to be observed after the reopening to protect public health, according to the Sharjah Economic Development Department (Sedd).

Commercial centres will operate from 12pm to 9pm, while food stores and pharmacies will work round the clock.

""Circulars have been sent to all establishments in the emirate about the measures to be adhered to after the reopening. This includes maintaining an occupancy ceiling of 30 per cent in all common areas at commercial centres and installing instruction signboards at the entrance of premises with the number of visitors allowed and social distancing regulations," said a Sedd official.

"Shoppers must wear face masks and gloves at all times. Awareness campaigns are being organised for employees to protect themselves from the coronavirus," he added.

He stressed that the Sedd, in coordination with the Sharjah Municipality, will carry out intensified inspections targeting establishments to ensure their adherence to the new rules and guidelines aimed at limiting the spread of Covid-19.

Mall regulations

> All mall and shop entrances should avoid congestion

>  Use electronic doors to reduce the use of hands while entering commercial centres and stores

> Shopping malls need to instal thermal devices and sterilisers at their entrances and customer service points

> Cleaners must be present at all times to ensure the disinfection of premises, including toilets, elevators, stairs and floors

> Shoppers over 60 years of age will not be allowed to enter any commercial establishments

> Parking spaces of malls should not exceed 30 per cent of the total capacity

> Valet and car washing services must be suspended

> Must immediately report any suspected Covid-19 cases to the authorities

Restaurants guidelines

> Dine-in facilities must organise their seatings to 30 per cent capacity

> Maintain a distance of not less than two metres between tables

> The number of people must not exceed more than four persons on one table

Electronic payment

> Mall visitors and other dealers are urged to pay using electronic transactions while adhering to social distancing rules.

Beauty and hairdressing salons

> Salons must fix appointments in advance and follow the rules rolled out by the municipality to prevent the spread of the virus

Afkar Abdullah

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