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Dubai eases lockdown restrictions on offices, malls and F&B outlets

Dubai eases lockdown restrictions on offices, malls and F&B outlets

Employees can work in offices "only if it is absolutely necessary"

The Dubai Mall, prior to the new restrictions on social distancing
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The Dubai Mall, prior to the new restrictions on social distancing

Dubai announced a partial reduction in the restrictions on movement in the emirate, starting from Friday (April 24th).

Among the announcements by Dubai's Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management was the decree that employees are allowed to work in offices only if it is absolutely necessary.

However their numbers should not exceed 30 per cent of the total workforce. Face masks must be worn and meetings should be held at the office only if it is absolutely necessary.

So it looks like those "can you all hear me?" Zoom calls are with us for a little longer.

The decision, which coincides with the start of Ramdan, also allows malls to operate for 10 hours daily, starting from midday on the first day of the Ramadan.

Full details of the announcement were reported in ITP title Arabian Business.

Full details of what was announced

Movement

People can leave their homes between 6am and 10pm without a permit.
Face masks must be worn, gloves are optional
The public will be required to strictly follow precautionary measures which include maintaining physical distance from others as per guidelines and wearing a face mask.
No public or private gatherings.
Public movement will now be limited to the period between 10pm and 6am.
During this period, the public will be allowed to leave their homes only for medical emergencies.

Visiting relatives

Members of the public are permitted to visit first and second-degree relatives.
Gatherings should be restricted to not more than five people.
Visiting high-risk individuals (individuals above 60 years and those with underlying medical conditions) should be avoided.
Ramadan tents and Majlises are not allowed within homes and in public places.

Exercise

Members of the public are allowed to exercise outside their homes provided they do not leave their area of residence.
They can undertake activities such as walking, running, or cycling for one to two hours each time.
A maximum of three people can exercise together at the same time.
People must follow preventive measures including ensuring two-meter distance from other individuals and wearing face masks.

Malls, restaurants and hotels

To open for 10 hours, from 12pm to 10pm.
Visitor numbers must not exceed 30 per cent of capacity.
Restaurants and shops in malls are allowed to operate at a maximum of 30 per cent capacity.
Those older than 60 years and children between the ages of three and 12 years are not permitted.
Visitors to be submitted to temperature checks; must wear masks.
No valet parking at malls and restaurants. The first hour of parking in shopping malls will be free.
Only 25 per cent of the parking spaces will be open in order to reduce overcrowding in malls.
All shopping malls will have a medical isolation room for emergency purposes in case someone in the mall is suspected to be infected with the virus.
As part of a new mandatory policy, purchases can be returned or exchanged at all stores and outlets only of there is a defect.
Hotels will be allowed to operate without opening pools, gyms, sauna and massage parlours.
Restaurants are allowed to provide food delivery services between 10pm and 6am.
Services offered at salons for males and females will be restricted to hair and nail services

Metro, Buses & Taxis

Public transport services, including Dubai Metro services, will resume Sunday.
Red and green line Metro services will operate between 7am and 11pm.
Passengers to follow social distancing measures.
Only two passengers are allowed in one taxi.

Offices

Employees are allowed to work in offices only if it is absolutely necessary.
Their numbers should not exceed 30 per cent of the total workforce.
Face masks to be worn.
Meetings should be held at the office only if it is absolutely necessary.

The Committee has also outlined a new list of exempted commercial activities and vital sectors:

Shopping malls
Retail shops
Open Souqs
Pharmacies
Financial services
Restaurants and cafes (shisha and buffets will not be served)
Food services
Delivery services
Social welfare services
Maintenance and repair services
Laundry services
Nail and hair salons (Only through pre-booked appointments)
Healthcare services (Hospitals and clinics)
Food Supply outlets
Industrial supply chain for services and basic commodities
Manufacturers of medicines and providers of healthcare and medical supplies
Industrial sectors
Water and electricity sector, petrol and gas stations and district cooling services
Telecommunications
Media
Airports, airlines, ports, shipping
Customs duty and border crossings
Public and private security services
Municipality services and public and private service providers involved in garbage collection, sewage management and general cleaning and sanitation
Public Transport (taxis, buses and metro)
Construction sector
Hotels
Office

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