Dubai private sector, malls to operate at 100% capacity

Precautionary measures will remain in place and violators will be fined, the announcement reportedly stated

Dubai private sector, malls to operate at 100% capacity
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Dubai private sector, malls to operate at 100% capacity

Under the directives of The Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, it has been announced that shopping malls and the private sector in the emirate can operate at 100% capacity starting 3 June, 2020.

As per the directives, the announcement - by the Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management in Dubai - clarifies that working hours for companies and operating hours of malls should fall within the timings permitted for public movement, which are currently between 6am and 11pm, UAE's state run news agency Dubai Media Office reported.

The decision is part of the gradual reopening of economic activities in the emirate and is being carried out in compliance with health, safety, and hygeine prescribed guidelines and COVID-19 precautionary measures.

Key measures include temperature screening of employees, visitors and customers, and provision of an isolation room for suspected cases. In addition, companies have been instructed to restrict the number of employees in pantries and ensure all mandatory guidelines outlined by health authorities are followed.

Measures also include wearing of face masks; maintaining a minimum distance of two metres from others; using hand sanitisers; and regularly washing hands with soap and water for 20 seconds.

For shopping malls in the emirate, prescribed mandatory measures include frequently sterilising all facilities and common areas in malls; providing sanitisers across the mall and its entrances; and body temperature checks at entrances. All shopping malls are required to provide a dedicated room to isolate suspected cases in accordance with protocols, the authority stated in its announcement.

Inspections will be conducted to ensure full compliance with the set guidelines. Both members of the public and shopping malls will face fines upon violation.

The committee has stated that private sector employees suffering from respiratory conditions and those with compromised immunity should continue working remotely.

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