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Dubai eases curfew, public free to go out from 6am to 11pm form May 27


DUBAI – Starting on Wednesday (May 27), Dubai will be easing its curfew to allow people to go out from 6am to 11pm.

This is part of new directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

Under the new rule announced on Monday (May 25), there will be no restrictions on public movement between 6am and 11pm.

The decision was made as Dubai gears up for the gradual reopening of businesses amid precautionary measures against the coronavirus pandemic.

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Under the new rules, the public is still required to wear facemasks when going out and to observe a minimum physical distance of two metres.

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On May 12, the Dubai Economy revealed its “reopening” plan for malls and offices after Ramadan.

According to the new rules and guidelines, malls, shopping centres and retail outlets will return to “normal operating hours” as long as the curfew is observed.

Shoppers will be required to wear face masks when entering malls and thermal scanning will still be done at all entrances.

Children under the age of 12 and adults over the age of 60 will not be allowed to enter the malls.

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Officials said that office hours would return to normal after Ramadan.

As of May 26, the Dubai Economy said companies are allowed to send up to 50 percent of their total workforce to work in the office, but should require the rest of their employees to work from home. Stores and malls can also accommodate a maximum of 70 percent of their total customer capacity.

New rules for malls

Opening hours after Ramadan

6am to 10pm

No overcrowding

Malls and shops must maintain a maximum of  70 percent occupancy of common areas.

Staffing capacity limit

Shops and establishments must maintain staffing capacity at 70 percent.

Only 70% of mall parking to open

Mall parking will be open by up to 70 percent.

Social distancing at food courts, restaurants and cafes

Food and beverage outlets and food courts must maintain a maximum customer capacity of 30 percent and ensure that social distancing rules are implemented, such as seating arrangements and placing tables two meters apart for all customers or set up separators or screens between tables. Takeaway highly encouraged

Elevators only for special needs

Mall elevators will only be available for people with special needs, and parents with babies in strollers. The elevators must only a carry a maximum of 30 percent of their capacity.

No entry for children, elderly

Children under the age of 12, children of any age group with medical conditions, individuals with medical conditions and elderly people age 60 and above are prohibited from entering malls.

Refund and return policy

Refunds and returns of items will be allowed, provided they are sanitized.

Fitting rooms open

All changing and fitting rooms can open under the following restrictions:
Customers must wear masks all the time
Each customer can try up to 5 items only
Customers to spend a maximum of 10 minutes in the fitting room
Continuous sanitation of fittings rooms
Returned items should not be put back on the shelves or used by other customers. Retailers must sanitize the items and allow 24 hours to pass before putting them back on shelves.

New rules for offices

50% occupancy

Offices must maintain occupancy limit to 50 percent of common areas and within office premises (update as of May 26)

50% staffing

Offices must maintain capacity level of staffing at 50 percent. (update as of May 26)

Social distancing at elevators

Number of people permitted in elevators should be no more than 30 percent capacity to allow social distancing.

Pantries and utensils

Pantries can be opened for usage by individuals, but strictly for food and drink consumption only. Users must maintain 2-metre social distancing and use disposable utensils.

Coffee stations

All coffee stations should follow 2-metre social distancing guidelines. Queuing should be avoided. Water dispensing machines are not allowed. All stations should be sanitized after every use or once every hour at minimum. ICA/Expat Media

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