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The UAE has decided to close all commercial centres, and shopping malls along with fish, meat and vegetables markets for a renewable period of two weeks.
In a statement today, the Ministry of Health and Prevention and the National Emergency and Crisis and Disasters Management said the decision, which excludes dealing with wholesalers, will come into force in 48 hours, and is subject to re-assessment.
Under the decision, restaurants will not be allowed to receive customers. Instead, their services will be limited to only conducting home deliveries.
The UAE has urged the public to stay at home except in cases of necessity, including getting essential supplies, such as food and medicine, or performing essential jobs.
In a joint statement today, the Ministry of Interior and the National Emergency and Crisis and Disasters Management Authority urged the public to comply with the instructions issued by competent health and security authorities, primarily limiting social contacts and avoiding crowded places to ensure their safety and wellbeing.
"The public are also urged to use their own family cars with a maximum of three individuals per car. They are also advised not to visit public places and maintain social distancing protocols during family gatherings as part of the precautionary measures," added the statement.
The two authorities also urged everyone not to visit hospitals except for critical and emergency cases and to use face masks.
"Additional instructions will be issued later involving the use of public transport, taxis and other means of transportation," said the statement.
The UAE law on communicable diseases, which includes fines and jail terms, will be enforced against all violators, added the statement.
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