UAE malls to close amid cover-19 pandemic

In a bid to protect public healthy and safety, all commercial centres and shopping malls will be closed for two weeks.

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In a statement made on 23rd March, the Ministry of Health and Prevention and the National Emergency and Crisis and Disasters Management Authority said the decision will take effect after 48 hours, and will be subject to review and re-assessment.

The closures includes fish, meat and vegetable markets but excludes pharmacies, and food retail outlets, including cooperative societies, grocery stores, and supermarkets, along with fish, meat and vegetables markets dealing with wholesalers. These establishments are just the latest in closures following a government mandate to close all themes parks and cultural sites.

Under the decision, restaurants will not be allowed to receive customers. Instead, their services will be limited to home deliveries only. This measure will be in effect for a two-week period, which can be extended if necessary.

In the wake of the covid-19 global pandemic, the UAE government has called upon the public to stay at home unless it’s absolutely necessary to get essential supplies, such as food and medicine, or perform essential jobs.

The Ministry of Interior and the National Emergency and Crisis and Disasters Management Authority urged UAE citizens, residents, visitors and all those living in the nation, to comply with the instructions and guidelines issued by competent health and security authorities, primarily limiting social contact and avoiding crowded places to ensure their safety and wellbeing.

The public are also urged to use their own family cars with a maximum of three individuals per vehicle. They are also advised not to visit public places and maintain social distancing protocols during family gatherings as part of the precautionary measures taken to ensure public health and safety according to the statement.

The UAE law on communicable diseases, which includes fines and jail terms, will be enforced against all violators, so please, stay home!

Source: Emirates News Agency

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