Social distancing isn't just impacting on large scale spaces.
Sanitaryware suppliers are reporting an upswing in upgrades to touchless technology in the 'smallest room' - public and semi-public bathrooms.
Malls in Dubai recently welcomed back under-12s and over-60s, who had previously been restricted from entering for their own safety. Schools in the UAE are yet to re-open, with parents awaiting official announcements for next term.
It's these spaces that are driving renovation inquiries, says Gabriel Nassar, MD of Geberit International's Gulf office.
The bathroom products company, which has a showroom in Dubai Design District, can change regular operated taps and flush actuators to touchless options.
Nassar adds: “It is the time for touchless. As the world moves towards the new normal, people all over the world are adapting to new habits based on social distancing. This is also true in public places behaviour and specifically in public bathrooms.
"We at Geberit are able to service the increasing demand in the upgrade of public and semi-public bathrooms to touchless solutions with the return of the masses. With a wide portfolio of state of the art, electronic sensors and faucets we capitalise on lean design, ease of installation and maintenance not forgetting the improved hygiene and water-saving."
Geberit products that conform with strict standards for hygiene and water-saving are the Brenta and Piave deck-mounted taps, which bathrooms can easily be upgraded to. Additional features that make them attractive to commercial operators include a universal remote control that allows maintenance teams to adapt and fine tune the performance without a physical connection.
Remote control is also an option for the firm's Touchless WC flush actuators, allowing for adaption of the time sequence and flush volume without the need to connect physically to the plate.
The range offers stainless steel, chrome and plastic varitations, with vandal-proof and manual override solutions in certain models.
Nassar adds: "With innovation and hygiene in our DNA, we continue to invest in the development of better living spaces."