Last night, the Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management announced a partial easing of restrictions on movement in Dubai.
The Dubai restaurants, shopping malls and hair salons can reopen! Residents need not require a permit to leave the home between 06:00 and 22:00. While restaurants, shops and salons have been given permission to recommence trading in Dubai, there are capacity limits in place. Residents are expected to continue to “strictly follow precautionary measures”, including wearing a face mask at all times and to maintain a safe physical distance. Dubai restaurants outside malls can serve food and drinks, and receive customers, should lower seating capacity to 30 per cent. Seating and dining tables must be placed two metres apart, and stringent sterilisation guidelines to be followed. Shisha and buffets are still prohibited.
Within malls and shopping centres, food and beverage outlets are required to maintain a seating of four square metres per person, with tables spaced two metres apart. These new rules are in place for Dubai shopping malls. which are now allowed to open from midday until 22:00. The capacity for malls and shopping centres is to be at 30 per cent, and people aged three to 12, or 60 and above, are not allowed to enter. Shoppers must wear face masks at all times, and each person will have their temperature checked at the entrance.
Shoppers are also encouraged to make electronic payment options instead of cash, and returns and exchanges are only permitted if the product is faulty. Salons and barbershops can function and hair salons and barbershops can start accepting clients again, for hair and nail services only. Clients will have to book in advance. The committee suggested that this is by no means a return to business as usual, saying it is “vital that the public follows precautionary and preventative guidelines until the situation is completely normalised.”
And there is no need for a permit between the hours of 06:00 and 22:00, residents are still advised to leave their homes for essential purposes only. Face mask is a must, or you could be looking at a Dhs1,000 fine.
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