Social distancing regulations get rolled out for retail sites
Look for the clear markers on the floor…
The Departments of Economic Development in Dubai and Abu Dhabi have instructed retails sites across their emirates to place clear signage in-store, to help customers practice effective social distancing.
These temporary measures come as part of the UAE government’s comprehensive strategy to limit the potential spread of Covid-19 during the current pandemic.
Dubai Economy directs all retails & business outlets in Dubai to apply the terms of social distancing with a minimum distance of 1.5 meters between all individuals by placing clear signage on the floor for payment queues and reception areas. pic.twitter.com/CIeOpQkKlP
— اقتصادية دبي (@Dubai_DED) March 21, 2020
In-store, floor markers must be placed at intervals of 1.5 metres, showing people where to stand to avoid transmission of the virus. This exclusion zone is an extra 50cm on top of the WHO guidelines for minimum social distancing.
Spacing markers will be placed in those areas where there are higher densities of people, such as queues in front of the tills and reception areas.
While shopping at the malls & retail stores, ensure that you stay safe while following the instructions and directions of ADDED by practicing social distancing. Maintain a space of 1.5m while standing in the queues at the cashier counters & keep your hands clean by wearing gloves pic.twitter.com/2FArmCF2KE
— دائرة التنمية الاقتصادية – أبوظبي (@AbuDhabiDED) March 21, 2020
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The economic departments have confirmed they will be carrying out inspections of retail sites to ensure operators have put these social distancing measures in place.
Signage in some locations that have already adopted the policy (as in the video above), includes instructions for other best protective practices, like wearing gloves.
We contacted the Economic Department for Abu Dhabi to clarify whether stores would have to source their own signs. They confirmed that signs would not be provided and that it is the responsibility of each retail site to make sure they have correctly implemented the regulations.
These preventative measures must be implemented today, March 22 — although there is no determined duration yet for the requirement.