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Newly installed acrylic glass screens at Carrefour checkout counters.

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Malls close in UAE but Carrefour, supermarkets, groceries and pharmacies remain open

 

DUBAI – Popular hypermarket chain Carrefour has called on the UAE public to “shop responsibly” as the country prepared to close malls and markets in an effort to curb the spread of the new coronavirus or Covid-19.

On Monday, malls and markets across the country have been ordered to close in 48 hours. The closure will be in effect for two weeks, “subject to review”, according to a joint statement by the Ministry of Health and Prevention and National Emergency and Crisis Disasters Management.

Only supermarkets, groceries and pharmacies are allowed to open during this period.

“While shopping malls are closing in the UAE, all our stores remain open and fully stocked for customers, operating at our regular times,” said Carrefour UAE Country Manager Philippe Peguilhan in a statement sent to Expatmedia.net.

Carrefour stores inside City Centre Deira, City Centre Mirdif, City Centre Sharjah, City Centre Shindagha and Mall of Emirates are open from 9am to 12am daily.

Seeking to allay fears that may spark panic buying, Peguilhan said: “We encourage all our valued customers to shop responsibly and be mindful of others. We have full confidence in our stock and supply chain and we continue to monitor stock levels to ensure we adequately cater to customer needs.”

“We are also working closely with suppliers to ensure that essential products remain at reasonable prices so that our customers don’t experience an increase in their shopping bills,” he added.

On Monday, Expatmedia.net visited two supermarkets in Deira where rubbing alcohol has run out of stock and hand sanitizers were selling for Dh29 for 500ml bottles.

Meanwhile, stores were expected to sanitize their premises to protect the public from contaminated surfaces. At Carrefour, acrylic glass screens have been installed at checkout counters to reduce human contact. ICA/Expat Media

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