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Coronavirus: How this UAE-based restaurant owner is staying in business the hygienic way

Marie Nammour /Abu Dhabi Filed on September 7, 2020 | Last updated on September 7, 2020 at 06.54 am
Coronavirus, UAE-based, restaurant, owner, staying in business, hygienic way

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She also ensures that her staff wear face masks and gloves at all times and maintain good hand hygiene.

A restaurant owner in Abu Dhabi believes that maintaining hygiene and ensuring safety measures are a prerequisite to staying in business. Buaban C. Tucker, a Thai businesswoman, has secured a clean villa compound for her staff and has increased the frequency of the daily trips to transport them to the eatery so as to comply with the van occupancy guidelines.

She also ensures that her staff wear face masks and gloves at all times and maintain good hand hygiene. "We check the temperature of employees every three hours and carry out Covid-19 tests every 14 days. For the dining facility, we keep tables 2.5 metres apart. The restaurant is sanitised thoroughly (twice a day) - once before opening and once after closing." Tucker, who is also a chef at her Desert Lotus restaurant in Abu Dhabi, gives a complimentary water-proof mask to all her customers. "Customers enter through the main door, where their temperature is checked. They exit through an alternative door."

The businesswomen did not sack any of her employees when the pandemic hit and affected restaurants across the country. Additionally, she helped out Thai expats who were laid off at other businesses. "In April, we distributed food packs, essentials, face masks and face protective shields." 


Marie Nammour

Originally from Lebanon, Marie has been covering the Dubai Courts and the Public Prosecution, immigration and labour issues often, and the Dubai International Film Festival. A graduate from the Holy Spirit university of Kaslik, Jounieh, a city to the north of Beirut, she worked as an in-house reporter of international affairs at a leading TV station back home and a legal translator for a renowned law college in the Lebanese capital. Speaks fluently four languages and is fond of travelling, psychology, learning more and grown by now a rich ‘criminal’ imagination…

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