Abu Dhabi sets guidelines for reopening restaurants, cafes and coffee shops

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Manama,  June 17 (BNA): The Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED) has  issued a circular on the reopening of restaurants, cafeterias, and coffee shops operating outside shopping malls in Abu Dhabi.

The move, which was made in cooperation with the Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food safety Authority, falls in line with the directives issued by the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) to limit the spread of the COVID-19 in the UAE.

The circular sets clear guidelines and instructions to be followed by the owners of the concerned activities without exemptions in order to maintain the health and safety of the community.
The guidelines have been laid down for the reopening of restaurants, coffee shops, and cafeterias after considering the ongoing sterilization procedures, ensuring that workers are virus-free, social distancing is maintained between workers and consumers, and the utilization of disposable single-use cutlery such as dishes and spoons.

The instructions always demand that face masks and gloves be worn and replaced with new ones constantly. Furthermore, it limits the capacity of restaurants to 40 per cent.

The maximum capacity in restaurants, coffee shops, and cafeterias should not exceed 40 per cent and that they should observe the required distance of 2.5 meters between tables. Each table should only have a maximum of four people. The waiting areas should remain closed as well.