Following on from last week’s decision to close bars and nightclubs and implement distancing rules in restaurants, the UAE government has added further restrictions.
According to the Ministry of Health and Prevention and the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority, indoor F&B outlets can now only use 20% of their seating capacity at one time effective for two weeks from March 22 across the country.
It doesn’t apply to outdoor venues, although they need to maintain the two-metre distance between customers’ tables.
The UAE is one of the last Gulf countries to keep restaurants open for anything other than takeaway and delivery, with Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Bahrain, and Oman all shutting dine-in at restaurants last week.
However, some restaurants in the country, including those by Bulldozer Group, have made the decision to shut unilaterally.