UAE restaurants told to cease dine-in operations due to coronavirus

Published: 23 March 2020 - 6:15 a.m.
By: Hotelier Middle East Staff
Restaurants in the UAE will have to close down all dine-in operations as the country goes delivery only from Wednesday, March 25 for a period of at least two weeks.

A statement from the Ministry of Health and Prevention revealed the new directive, which followed on 24 hours from a previous statement ordering restaurants to limit capacity to 20% for dine-in.

Restaurants will still be able to offer delivery services, with many already beginning to focus their resources in that direction in the past couple of weeks as the coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc with the F&B industry across the world.

It puts the UAE in line with other Gulf countries such as Saudi Arabia which banned eating in restaurants last week.

The new plans also mean the closure of all fish, meat, and vegetable markets in the country, although dealing with wholesalers is excluded.

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