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UAE to close shopping centres for two renewable weeks

ABU DHABI, March 23, 2020

The UAE has decided to close all commercial centres, and shopping malls along with fish, meat and vegetables markets for a renewable period of two weeks.

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, reported state news agency Wam.

The decision excludes pharmacies, and food retail outlets, including cooperative societies, grocery stores, and supermarkets, along with fish, meat and vegetables markets dealing with wholesalers.

Under the decision, restaurants will not be allowed to receive customers. Instead, their services will be limited to home deliveries only.

STAY AT HOME

Meanwhile, the UAE government has also 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.
 
In a joint statement tonight, 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 contacts 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," added the statement.
 
The two authorities also urged everyone not to visit hospitals except for critical or emergency cases and to use face masks.
 
The UAE law on communicable diseases, which includes fines and jail terms, will be enforced against all violators, added the statement.

 




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