As UAE malls fall silent amid coronavirus controls, the supermarkets will remain open

UAE will close its shopping malls starting on Tuesday. (File/AFP)
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Updated 24 March 2020

As UAE malls fall silent amid coronavirus controls, the supermarkets will remain open

  • It is not a complete close down, the UAE’s supermarkets will remain open, allowing people to buy the supplies they need
  • Supermarkets are providing hand sanitizers at entrances, asking staff to wear masks and using floor markings to encourage social distancing.

DUBAI: As the UAE’s iconic malls close on Wednesday amid coronavirus concerns, their boulevard like walk ways will fall silent, shoppers told to remain in their homes.

It is not a complete close down,  the UAE’s supermarkets will remain open, allowing people to buy the supplies they need.
Brands like Lulu Group, Union Coop, Al-Maya Supermarkets, Choithrams, Abu Dhabi Cooperative Society and Spar group, Spinneys and Carrefour, will operate according to their usual schedules, including 24-hour shops.
Supermarkets are providing hand sanitizers at entrances, asking staff to wear masks and using floor markings to encourage social distancing.
UAE authorities said on Sunday that all shopping malls will close down after 48 hours for a period of two weeks. Meanwhile, all restaurants, cafes and cafeterias in Dubai were closed on Sunday for two weeks.
Earlier, private and public beaches, parks, pools and gyms were also closed for the same period of time.
The decisions come as part of the country’s regulations to curb the spread of coronavirus.


UAE govt dismisses coronavirus number rumors, sharing risks jail and fines

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UAE govt dismisses coronavirus number rumors, sharing risks jail and fines

  • People found to have shared misinformation face jail and fines
  • Official figures are available on the government website and local media

DUBAI:  The UAE government has again warned against the spreading of misinformation, after a series of rumors circulated questioning the official number of recorded cases of coronavirus infection in the country, state news agency WAM reported.

“These reports contradict with the announcements made by the official authorities,” a health department statement said.

The statement explained that people should gather their information from official sources and “disregard rumors,” adding that those found sharing and promoting false information would face fines and possible jail terms.

The WOrld Health Organisation has previously voiced its own concerns about the amount of misinformation being circulated about the coronavirus, warning that it can also cause a lot of harm.

According to the UAE’s Department of Health website there are 611 confirmed cases, of which 61 people recovered and five people have died.