Abu Dhabi gives green light for restaurants, cafes and coffee shops to reopen

Buffets, open food displays, food samples, shared canapes and shisha remain banned in UAE capital

Venues must operate at 40 percent capacity, while only those aged between 12 and 60 are allowed on the premises.

Restaurants, cafes and coffee shops outside shopping malls in Abu Dhabi have been given the green light to reopen, subject to strict precautionary measures.

The move was announced in a circular issued by the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED) alongside the UAE’s National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority and Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority.

In line with directives issued by @NCEMAUAE to curb the spread of COVID-19, @AbuDhabiDED in cooperation with @adafsa_gov issued a circular detailing precautionary measures that must be taken to reopen restaurants, cafes and coffee shops outside shopping malls in #AbuDhabi. pic.twitter.com/PDsqq330Xk— مكتب أبوظبي الإعلامي (@admediaoffice) June 17, 2020

However, it comes with detailed restrictions aimed at mitigating the spread of coronavirus.

Venues must operate at 40 percent capacity, while only those aged between 12 and 60 are allowed on the premises. There must be a maximum of four people per table and tables should be situated 2.5m apart.

The department emphasised that employees, who must receive regular temperature checks, must also wear face masks and gloves at all times while on duty, and clean and sanitise all surfaces and tools daily, and chairs and tables after each use.

Customers are required to wear face masks when entering and exiting.

Under the rules, buffets, open food displays, food samples, shared canapés and shisha remain banned.

While work hours should be consistent with the National Sterilisation Programme timings.

ADDED also called on all establishments to use single-use cutlery. Multiple-use cutlery is allowed if the facility has thermal dishwashers that ensure high-temperature sterilisation. Hand sanitisers should be placed at entrances.

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