Dubai malls on standby for gradual reopening

Offices are also on standby, with strict health and safety measures to be implemented

Dubai malls on standby for gradual reopening
The Dubai Mall

Malls and offices in Dubai have been put on standby to reopen by the Dubai government, according to reports from Arabian Business.

Dubai’s malls look set to gradually reopen, but no date has been announced yet. When they do reopen, it will be with strict health and safety measure to curb the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus.

The document from Dubai Economy details a four-stage re-opening plan for malls.

Trips to Dubai’s malls will be limited to three hours, and visitors and staff must wear masks at all times.

People over 60 years old and kids aged between three and 12 are not allowed to enter the malls.

People must also remain two metres apart, while occupancy will be 30 percent across all common areas.

Restaurants and F&B outlets will reduce seating to 30 percent, ensuring that tables and seating are at least six feet apart. Shops and restaurants must display the maximum number of customers inside, based on a social distance of four feet.

There will be stringent health and safety measures implemented. Hand sanitisers will be installed throughout the malls, while visitors will also be screened on entry for temperature and health checks.

Malls will be allowed to open for ten hours, but must undertake 24-hour sanitisation and provide an isolation room for potential coronavirus cases.

The document also states that entertainment and tourist attractions will remain closed for the first stage of the plan.

The Dubai Economy document also outlined initial guidelines for offices.

All employees must wear masks at all times while in the office, and meetings will be restricted to a maximum of five people. Occupancy will be capped at 30 percent, and social distancing of two metres must be adhered to.

Office hours will not exceed eight hours a day.

Keep close to timeoutdubai.com for more information.

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