Oasis Malls in the UAE has announced the closure of its shopping malls for two weeks, in light of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Starting today (Wednesday March 25), the mall closures will exclude supermarkets such as Carrefour, pharmacies and clinics within the shopping malls in Dubai and Sharjah.
Announced on Emirates New Agency (WAM), this is due to following the directions of the UAE’s Ministry of Health and Prevention and the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (NCEMA).
"Oasis Malls will carry on with its daily cleaning and disinfection practices in line with the UAE Ministry of Health and the Dubai and Sharjah Health Authorities," a spokesperson at Oasis Malls stated.
"As the heartbeat of the city, the wellbeing of all our staff, visitors and the public is of utmost importance and as such, we continue to urge all members of the public to adhere to the preventative methods set in place by the UAE government."
Grocery stores and some healthcare retailers will stay open and operate regularly, while some will be open from 8am until 8pm.
Other measures being taken include a thermal camera being installed at the mall’s main entrance in Dubai, while handheld scanners will also be in use in both Dubai and Sharjah.
Furthermore, basement parking will be open and act as an alternate access point to Carrefour and the iCare Clinic Oasis Mall Dubai and Life Pharmacy in Sharjah.
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