UAE Covid: Who has to take PCR tests every 2 weeks in Sharjah?

Sharjah - All you need to know about Covid safety rules at eateries.


Afkar Ali Ahmed

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Published: Thu 25 Feb 2021, 3:08 AM

The Sharjah Municipality announced earlier today that workers at food establishments must take a PCR Covid test every two weeks.

A top official has clairified to Khaleej Times exactly who need to take the tests: Workers in restaurants, cafeterias, cafes and bakeries.

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Those who have received both doses of the Covid vaccine are exempted from the new Covid safety rule.

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The civic body has intensified its inspection drive of eateries in Sharjah to ensure that precautionary measures and safety protocols are complied with.

Thabiet Al Tarifi, Director-General, Sharjah City Municipality, said the civic authorities are creating more awareness about the safety protocols and precautionary measures in food outlets.

The guidelines are being regularly updated in keeping with the dynamic situation of the viral outbreak.

The municipality has issued guidelines to food establishments, including maintaining two metres distance between tables; and allowing not more than four persons at a table, except for those belonging to a family.

Sheikha Shaza Al Mualla, Assistant Director-General of the Public Health Sector and Central Laboratories, Sharjah City Municipality, said food outlets’ owners need to comply with all precautionary measures and safety protocols such as compulsory wearing of masks for all their employees and checking body temperatures of customers and workers.

Eateries must bar a customer from entry if he/she shows any symptoms of difficulty in breathing and other respiratory complications. Food outlets’ owners have also been urged to keep sanitisers in their facility, use disposable tableware and stop self-service.

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