The Dubai skyline.
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DUBAI – Dubai will resume the gradual reopening of businesses, including gyms and cinemas, on Wednesday (May 27) as part of the easing of Covid-19 restrictions in the emirate.
Fitness centres, education and training centres and entertainment facilities will also reopen for business on Wednesday.
However, precautionary measures will still be observed, including requiring visitors to wear a facemask. Children under the age of 12 will not be allowed to enter these establishments.
On Monday, Dubai authorities also shortened the curfew, announcing that the public will be free to go out from 6am to 11pm starting on May 27. From Wednesday, the curfew will be enforced from 11pm until 6am, during which time disinfection of public facilities will continue and the public will be expected to stay at home.
“We are aware of the pressures many sectors are facing because of the repercussions of the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council.
“The UAE society has high levels of resilience to any crises and challenges. We have been following the severe impact of the Covid-19 outbreak on countries around the world. What makes us different is our ability to deal positively with changes and our agility. We have all the elements necessary to adapt to these challenging circumstances. I am confident that all members of the society will come together to overcome this crisis as soon as possible,” Sheikh Hamdan said.
On Sunday, licensed restaurants and hotels in Dubai were also allowed to serve alcohol to guests.
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. Stores can also accommodate a maximum of 30 percent of their total customer capacity.
Officials said that office hours would return to normal after Ramadan.
However, companies can only send a maximum of 30 percent of their total workforce to work in the office, but should require the rest of their employees to work from home.
Weekdays: 10am to 10pm
Weekends: 10m to 12pm (but must adhere to curfew timings)
Malls and shops must maintain a maximum of 30 percent occupancy of common areas.
Shops and establishments must maintain staffing capacity at 30 percent.
Mall parking will be limited, with 75 percent of mall parking to be closed.
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
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.
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.
Refunds and returns of items will be allowed, provided they are sanitized.
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.
Offices must maintain occupancy limit to 30 percent of common areas and within office premises
Offices must maintain capacity level of staffing to 30 percent.
Number of people permitted in elevators should be no more than 30 percent capacity to allow social distancing.
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.
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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