Licensed restaurants in Dubai can offer full drinks service from Sunday

Bars will not be permitted to serve drinks

Licensed restaurants in Dubai can offer full drinks service from Sunday

Licensed restaurants in Dubai will be allowed to offer a full drinks service from Sunday May 23, according to reports from Arabian Business.

Restaurants both within and outside of hotels that are licensed will be able to resume a drinks service, but must still adhere to current social distancing restrictions, which include operating to a maximum 30 percent capacity and keeping two metres between tables.

Drinks will only be allowed to be served to tables only, not within bar areas, and must be served in single-use glasses. They will not be able to serve drinks directly in bottles. Bars and cabarets are not permitted to serve drinks.

Earlier this week (Monday May 18) the UAE Government announced it will be increasing the hours of the National Sterilisation Programme, ahead of Eid al-Fitr, due to COVID-19.

From today (May 20) at 8pm, the disinfection programme hours run from 8pm until 6am daily until further notice. Previously they ran from 10pm until 6am.

New timings are expected to be announced after Eid al-Fitr, which is expected to fall on Saturday May 23 or Sunday May 24.
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