With Dubai’s 24-hour sterilisation drive coming to an end, shopping malls in Dubai will open a midday on Friday 26 April - the first day of Ramadan.
All malls, high-street, souqs, and wholesale outlets will soon be permitted to operate from 12pm to 10pm each day and the staff capacity must remain at 30 per cent. The resumption of activities exclude cinemas, common prayer rooms, changing rooms and family entertainment, but will permit dine-in at food courts and restaurants with a maximum 30 per cent capacity. Shoppers will be limited to three hour visits at a time in order to prevent the venues from overcrowding.
Individuals over the age of 60, and children of ages three to 12 will not be allowed to enter the malls as a precautionary measure to protect those who are most vulnerable to the risks of the coronavirus.
The Department of Economic Development of Abu Dhabi has also announced the guidelines and precautionary measures in preparation of mall openings in the city. Abu Dhabi shopping malls will be open for nine hours each day (supermarkets and pharmacies are permitted to operate for longer hours) and all employees and visitors must wear masks and gloves. Similarly to the shopping malls in Dubai, visitors over the age of 60 will not be alllowed into the premises and the mall capacity of staff and shoppers will remain at 30 per cent.
.@AbuDhabiDED is consulting with stakeholders on re-opening malls in #AbuDhabi. In line with government plans for a gradual increase in economic activity, the Department is exploring options in collaboration with the private sector. pic.twitter.com/46ny6Rmmgb— مكتب أبوظبي الإعلامي (@admediaoffice) April 22, 2020
Additionally, all mall employees and visitors must adhere to the health and safety rules and regulations provided by the government. This includes a temperature screening prior to entering the facility as well as wearing masks and practicing physical distancing throughout the visit. The malls must comply and follow the 24-hour sterilisation of common areas and entrances of the facility. To avoid further transmission risks, fashion accessories and other wearable goods must all be sanitised regularly and customers are encouraged to pay for items through smart payment methods to avoid cash payments as much as possible.
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