In line with the partial lift of movement restrictions implemented countrywide, the Dubai Gold & Jewellery Group (DGJG), trade body for the gold and diamond jewellery sector in Dubai, announced the re-opening of the Deira Gold Souk with reduced hours.
Earlier this week, the major lockdown in Naif and Al Ras had come to an end with zero new cases found in the densely populated area. All shops underwent an intensified sterilisation programme prior to the reopening and must adhere to the strict rules and regulations provided by the Dubai Department of Economic Development and the Government of Dubai.
"We express our gratitude towards the leaders of this country, all the Government entities, Dubai Police, CID and all the first responders who worked tirelessly to get us to this point. The UAE has led by example and left no stones unturned before easing the COVID-19 restriction and opening shopping malls, markets and commercial outlets. It is a good step towards safely opening the economy and as an industry we are all gearing up to meet the government's expectations and consumer confidence. It is our collective effort aimed at successfully implementing the retail protocol mandated by Dubai Economy in a manner that is both safe and effective, as we prepare in stages in the coming months to work towards 100 per cent capacity operations,” shared Tawhid Abdullah, Chairman of DGJG.
Chandu Siroya, Vice Chairman of DGJG added, ”Dubai gold and diamond jewellery retailers are doing a great job by following all the required precautions in sync with the government’s advice. They will operate in accordance with all guidelines laid by the Government of Dubai to ensure the health and safety of our retailers and customers. From adhering to the timings to sanitising Jewellery pieces, we are working at all levels to ensure that customers feel safe to shop.”
Prioritising the safety and wellbeing of the employees and visitors amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Dubai announced that it is mandatory for all people to leave their homes wearing protective masks. Additionally, all retail and restaurant management must conduct the sterilisation of goods and surfaces regularly, and be sure to host visitors at a 30 per cent capacity. Individuals who do not comply with the rules and regulations will be issued fines in the range of Dhs1,000 and Dhs50,000.
The novel coronavirus has now infected over 3.1 million people and caused over 200,000 deaths worldwide. 11,380 cases has been declared in the UAE.