UAE shuts down public, private beaches, pools, parks, theatres

Authorities will regulate the operation of restaurants, cafes, and F&B outlets, which will continue home delivery services


The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) and the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority have directed the closure of all public and private beaches, parks, swimming pools, movie theatres, as well as sports halls and lounges for a period of two weeks, starting Sunday, 22 March, to curb the spread of the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19).

During the two-week period, the authorities have decided to regulate the operation of restaurants, cafes, and F&B outlets, which will continue home delivery services.

Restaurants, cafes, and F&B outlets, will also be permitted to continue serving customers provided that only 20% of the seating capacity is used at any given time so that social distancing can be observed and maintained.

The authorities have mandated a physical distance of 2m between customers, in addition to other sanitation and public hygiene measures. Outdoor and self-order kiosks have been exempted.

The authorities have also urged all relevant federal, local, and private institutions to ensure compliance with these decisions and to boost public awareness of the new measures, according to state-run news agency, Wam.

Construction Week reported on 15 March that UAE’s government entities – including MoHaP, Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED), the Ajman Department of Economic Development (DED), and the Ajman Tourism Development Department, among others – had temporarily suspended operations at entertainment destinations.

Temporary closure will affect the UAE capital’s Qasr Al Watan Tour, Louvre Abu Dhabi, Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi, Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi, and Ferrari World Abu Dhabi.

Dubai’s star attractions including Dubai Parks and Resorts and IMG World of Adventure will also remain closed until March 31, 2019. More

Anup Oommen