New Safety Rules for Reopened Cafes and Restaurants

The National: Restaurants, coffee shops and cafes outside shopping malls in Abu Dhabi have been issued new safety guidelines to allow more dine-in guests.

Authorities have established a series of rules they must follow to operate safely, including limiting establishments’ capacity to 40 per cent, up from the previous 30 per cent.

People above the age of 60, children under 12 and those with chronic diseases should be prevented from entering.مكتب أبوظبي الإعلامي@admediaoffice

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 Abu Dhabi.

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All staff must be tested for Covid-19, and if any employees show symptoms, they must immediately be taken to the nearest screening centre.

If a food handler contracts the virus, the establishment should be closed, according to the rules set by the Department of Economic Development.

No more than four people are allowed per table and waiting areas should remain closed. Tables should be kept 2.5m apart.

Temperature checks should be carried out at the entrance for all staff and customers, and if anyone is found to have a fever, they will be denied entry.

Hand sanitiser should also be available at the entrance.

All buffets, open food displays, food samples, shared canapes and shisha will be barred.

Metal cutlery can only be used if the café has a dishwasher capable of cleaning utensils at high temperatures. Otherwise, only single-use cutlery should be used.

Restaurants and cafes outside shopping centres across Abu Dhabi first began receiving dine-in guests in early May, after closing to in-house diners in mid-March to stem the spread of the virus.

At the time, they were told their capacity must be limited to 30 per cent, amid other restrictions designed to protect diners and staff.

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