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Dubai extends closure of hotels, restaurants, events, until further notice

Dubai extends closure of hotels, restaurants, events, until further notice

A disinfection programme is underway in the emirate and was expected to end on April 18

The government of Dubai has decided to extend the closure of several commercial and tourism-related establishments indefinitely in the emirate as an ongoing precautionary measure to stem the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

In a circular issued on April 14 by the Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing , it instructed “all inbound tour operators, hotel establishments, floating restaurants, venues and event organisers in Dubai” that “in line with the Dubai Government precautionary measures to ensure the health and safety of its residents and visitors, we extend all precautionary circulars on the website until further notice.”

It added that Dubai Tourism would continue to evaluate the situation in coordination with the health authorities.

On March 15, Dubai closed all theme parks, cinemas, gyms, spas and cancelled all events.

Read: Covid-19: Dubai closes theme parks, cinemas, gyms, spas and cancels all events

By March 23, the UAE decided to close all malls in the country and said that restaurants will also not be allowed to receive customers, with services limited to home deliveries only.

Read: UAE urges all residents to stay home as it closes malls, makes restaurants delivery-only

On April 4, Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management extended the sterilisation programme within the emirate to 24 hours a day, for a period of two weeks effective of April 4.

Read: Dubai extends sterilisation drive to 24 hours for two weeks

During this time, the movement of all individuals in the emirate has been restricted and limited to essential purposes only.

On Wednesday, the UAE reported 432 additional Covid-19 cases, taking the total number of infections in the country to 5,365.

Read: Covid-19: UAE reports 432 new cases, 5 deaths

The country’s health ministry also reported five additional deaths, pushing the death toll up to 33.

Also, 101 new recoveries were reported thereby taking the overall number of recoveries in the country up to 1,034.

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