Restaurants and food outlets across the capital will be reopening soon…

The Department of Economic Development in Abu Dhabi (ADDED) has issued a set of instructions for restaurants, cafes and other eateries outside malls, hoping to reopen to the public.

These directives are of course concerned with protecting public health and safety in light of the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Restaurants must follow strict social distancing policy, bolstered hygiene requirements, and clear guidelines for staff showing any coronavirus symptoms.

The ban on shisha will remain in place.

Food outlets, outside shopping centres, and malls, will be permitted to open with up to 30 per cent maximum occupancy, two diners per table and 2.5m distance between tables.

In a reversal of the trend in reducing single-use materials, the global threat to health has now meant that the ADDED is temporarily encouraging the use of disposable items.

Hand santitizer should be offered, and both customers and staff are obliged to wear masks and gloves (although we presume you don’t have to wear the masks when you’re eating or that could get messy).

Venues must undergo frequent and thorough sterilisation.

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Before reopening, eateries must seek and obtain permission from the ADDED and any relevant authorities.

There has been no confirmed start date for the phased reopening, but the gap between announcing the plan for the malls themselves, and their subsequent opening was less than a week.

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