Coronavirus Pandemic

UAE: Abu Dhabi shuts down 354 businesses for breaking Covid rules, infected workers

Ismail Sebugwaawo /Abu Dhabi Filed on February 16, 2021


Abu Dhabi authority shuts down 354 establishments.

Abu Dhabi has shut down 354 businesses after Covid-19 cases were detected among employees and for failing to adhere to coronavirus precautionary measures.

Also read: Covid rules tightened in 6 Emirates

A statement issued by the Abu Dhabi Economic Department on Tuesday said: 'As part of its continuous Inspection campaigns to verify adherence to the precautionary measures set for Covid-19, ADDED has shut down 354 economic establishments across  AbuDhabi who were found to be in violation of the set measures. The Department is once again highlighting the important role played by commercial business owners in returning Abu Dhabi’s economic activity to normal while maintaining their social responsibilities and following the directions issued by the concerned authorities.'

The statement added that 325 establishments in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Al Dhafra were closed due to Covid infected workers. Another 29 facilities were shut for not complying with precautionary measures.

Twenty-nine other businesses were closed for not implementing Covid preventive guidelines, including not failure to maintain social distancing, not wearing face masks and others, which led to their closure, ADDED said.

ADDED has instructed all owners of business facilities across the emirate about the need to adhere to the highest levels of societal responsibility, health awareness and the compliance with the decisions issued by official authorities and committees to combat the pandemic.

The department has also emphasised the importance of the role of society members and business owners to promote the efforts of competent authorities to limit the spread of the pandemic and reduce cases of infection.

Business owners were also told to adhere to all procedures and instructions related to the health and safety of workers, particularly, those who deal directly with customers.

Officials said they were keen on the strict follow up of businesses to ensure full compliance with the approved preventive and precautionary decisions by owners.

ADDED said it was taking rigorous and strict procedures against all those violating rules.


Ismail Sebugwaawo

A professional journalist originating from Kampala, Uganda, Ismail is a happy father with strong attachment to family and great values for humanity. He has practiced journalism in UAE for the past 13 years, covering the country's parliament (FNC) and crimes, including Abu Dhabi Police, public prosecution and courts. He also reports about important issues in education, public health and the environment, with a keen interest in human interest stories. When out of reporting duties, he serves the Ugandan community in Abu Dhabi as he wants to see his countrymen happy. Exercising and reading are part of his free time.

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