AGENCIES, Dubai: To the relief of UAE residents who have been in a lockdown mode for weeks, several malls in the capital city Abu Dhabi began reopening to a restricted number of customers this weekend. The measure follows the decision in Dubai to part reopen some malls and businesses. The lockdown measures were imposed over a month ago to combat the novel coronavirus.
On Sunday, UAE has confirmed 564 new coronavirus cases, while seven COVID-19 patients have died and 99 others have fully recovered.
Three Abu Dhabi malls reopened on Saturday at 30% customer capacity after adopting safety measures as prescribed by the authorities. All such premises must instal thermal inspection devices, ensure social distancing among other guidelines.
The government media office tweeted that the third emirate of Sharjah emirate would also reopen malls today (Sunday).
Other public venues such as schools, mosques and cinemas remain closed till further notice.
Malls, dine-in restaurants and cafes in Dubai, the UAE’s business and tourism hub, had earlier resumed operations with limited capacity. Shoppers must wear face masks and gloves and keep their distance.
Thermal inspection devices and cameras are mandatory at all entrances of the shopping centres that are linked to the National Emergency, Crisis, and Disasters Management Authority.
The new guideline allows shoppers to visit malls but cannot stay for more than two hours in order to reduce the overcrowding of shoppers inside the facility. The idea is to keep the footfall at 30 per cent of the malls’ capacity.