Coronavirus: All Malls and markets in RAK to close for two weeks
To contain the spreading of coronavirus, it has been announced all shopping malls and commercial centres in the UAE will close for the next two weeks.
All malls including Al Hamra Mall, Manar Mall, RAK Mall, Al Naeem Mall, Al Naeem City Center and My City Center will remain closed for two weeks. The supermarkets and pharmacies will continue to operate like before. Restaurants will deliver food.
Additionally, all fish, meat and vegetable markets will close for the next two weeks.
The temporary closures will come into effect starting 25th March 2020, according to a statement issued by the Ministry of Health and Prevention and the National Emergency and Crisis and Disasters Management Authority. The decision will also be reviewed and reassessed.
Pharmacies and Retail
Pharmacies are excluded as well as food retail outlets which include grocery stores, cooperative societies and supermarkets. This also includes fish, meat and vegetable markets that deal with wholesalers.
Restaurants will do delivery only
However, restaurants are now no longer allowed to receive customers, and services are limited to home deliveries.
Under the decision, restaurants will not be allowed to receive customers. Instead, their services will be limited to home deliveries only.
Beach and Tourist attractions shutdown
So far in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and other parts of the UAE, all public and private beaches have been closed, tourist attractions have been shutdown and public prayers have been suspended.
Prayers at religious institutions cancelled
Last Monday, the National Crisis and Emergency Management Authority and General Authority for Islamic Affairs and Endowments stated all prayers at mosques, churches and temples will temporarily be cancelled for the next four weeks in a bid to contain the spreading of coronavirus, and to safeguard public health of UAE citizens and residents.
Stay at home
The UAE government has also advised for everyone to stay home and not leave unless it’s of absolute necessity. Members of the public should stay home unless they have to get essential supplies like food and medicine or to perform essential jobs.