Dubai businesses given 'freedom' to close or continue amid Covid-19 spread

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Dubai - UAE closed down most public places on Sunday.



By Web Report

Published: Sun 22 Mar 2020, 8:42 PM

Last updated: Mon 23 Mar 2020, 7:43 AM

Businesses in Dubai have been given the option to either continue operations or close down for 14 days - as a precautionary measure - amid the Covid-19 outbreak.
As the coronavirus spread affects businesses around the world, including the UAE, and employees begin working from home, Dubai Economy Department announced on Sunday that commercial establishments had the freedom to choose to continue work or temporarily close from March 22.

A statement issued today said:
'Dubai Economy provides business owners with freedom to choose between continuing work as usual or temporarily closing commercial establishments for a period of 14 days starting from 22 March 2020, unless there is a prior agreement with the landlord regarding working hours.'
Airlines have suspended UAE flights, while the country has restricted entry of residents and GCC citizens. The country also shut down certain public places on Sunday.


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