Coronavirus in the UAE: All Public Places For Two Weeks Will be Shut Down
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Coronavirus in the UAE: All Public Places For Two Weeks Will be Shut Down

The National Emergency and Crisis and Disaster Management Authority UAE has made the announcement

In order to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak, the UAE government has temporarily closed down all public places. This was a perhaps a long overdue step as people were found spending time on beaches and public places over the weekend. The National Emergency and Crisis and Disaster Management Authority UAE has now announced the shutting down of all beaches (public and private), parks of all sorts, swimming pools, cinemas and gyms from Sunday, March 22nd for two weeks (this period can be altered according to the need of time). As far as the restaurants, cafes, and other food and beverage businesses are concerned, they will be allowed to operate for home delivery but if they abide by the health and safety standards defined by the government.

The seating in restaurants and other food/beverage outlets shall be limited to 20 per cent according to the social distancing guidelines (keeping a distance of 6.5 feet between the customers) for the same period. However, outdoor restaurants and self-order kiosks can be exempted from this.

According to the official tweet,
‘ The National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority and the Ministry of Health and Prevention have announced the closure starting tomorrow, Sunday, of public & private beaches, parks, swimming pools, movie theatres, and sports halls and lounges for two weeks.’ The Ministry of Health and Prevention has been issuing many guidelines on its official social media accounts to raise awareness regarding COVID-19 among the people in the UAE.

So far, there are 153 registered cases of COVID-19 in UAE with two deaths. The government has been taking many proactive measures which have resulted in maintaining a somewhat better situation as compared to rest of the countries in the world despite Dubai being the centre of tourism and business for the entire world. Apart from the travel restrictions, shutting down schools, and public places, the UAE government has been creating awareness campaigns for people across the country in order to prevent the COVID-19 outbreak from getting bigger. COVID-19 started as an epidemic in Wuhan China and has now taken over the entire world.

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By Saadia Ahmed
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