UAE shuts beaches, parks, pools, cinemas and gyms over coronavirus concerns

UAE shuts beaches, parks, pools, cinemas and gyms over coronavirus concerns
The UAE shut beaches, parks, pools, cinemas and gyms from Sunday for two weeks over coronavirus concerns. (AFP/File Photo)
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Updated 21 March 2020

UAE shuts beaches, parks, pools, cinemas and gyms over coronavirus concerns

UAE shuts beaches, parks, pools, cinemas and gyms over coronavirus concerns
  • Restaurants and cafes will be allowed to operate for the same period at 20% of capacity

LONDON: The UAE shut beaches, parks, pools, cinemas and gyms from Sunday for two weeks over coronavirus concerns, Emirates News Agency said on Saturday.

Restaurants and cafes will be allowed to operate for the same period at 20% of capacity, and as long as customers are at least two metres apart, and for delivery services, subject to review, the Supreme Council for National Security announced.

The UAE reported the first deaths due to the coronavirus in the country on Friday.

The victims were two men - a 78-year old Arab and a 58-year-old Asian, the health ministry said.

Also on Friday, Dubai launched an 11-day disinfection campaign to begin cleaning and sterilising the streets and roads of the emirate, as part of its precautionary measures against th virus.