Coronavirus in UAE: Dubai shuts down eateries
Published on March 23, 2020 at 16.00
Dubai announced the closure of eateries in the emirate on March 23, as the country fights the coronavirus, Covid-19, spread.-Photos by Dhes Handumon/Khaleej Times.
Dubai Municipality issued a statement about preventive measures being taken to contain the virus' spread by closing down restaurants, cafe and other food services for two weeks.
As part of preventive measures, all restaurants, cafes, cafeterias, coffee shops and food service establishments across Dubai will be closed for two weeks starting from today March 23, 2020.
Restaurants at hotels and hotel apartments providing services for guests only, and food delivery services and transportation are exempt from the closure.
They are required to strictly adhere to safety requirements.
The new guidelines issued by the UAE have made it mandatory for restaurants to accept only 20 per cent of their seating capacity for dine-in.
The restaurants are also supposed to ensure that tables have at least a 2m distance between them.
Some Dubai restaurants and cafes are contributing in their own 'sweet' and 'savoury' ways.
They can only home-deliver food.
Dine-in services have been suspended.
A quick spot-check at many restaurants in Dubai on Sunday showed that tables were pulled apart and only a few customers were served at the same time.