COVID-19 violations: Dubai Economy closes Al Seef café, warns 6 other shops

Government agency inspects more than 600 outlets in one day

  
A restaurant patio sits empty outside Dubai Mall, following the outbreak of coronavirus, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates March 17, 2020.

A restaurant patio sits empty outside Dubai Mall, following the outbreak of coronavirus, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates March 17, 2020.

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The Dubai Economy has shut down a café at a popular waterfront promenade and issued a warning to six other business outlets for not adhering to COVID-19 precautionary measures.

The café in Al Seef was issued a closure order on Sunday for failing to enforce social distancing within its premises. Six other establishments were also warned for not placing the physical distancing stickers, as required.

The Dubai Economy, through the Commercial Compliance and Consumer Protection (CCCP), has beefed up inspections of commercial outlets around the emirate to ensure compliance with safety precautionary measures.

It had earlier issued warnings to retail outlets in Mall of the Emirates and Dubai Mall. It had also shut down a department store after it allowed shoppers to crowd its premises during a discount sale.

Among the establishments fined so far included a restaurant in Umm Hurair, retail outlets in various shopping centres and a sewing and embroidery shop in Abu Hail. A gym in Safa 1 was also fined.

As of Monday, 668 shops and commercial establishments fully complied with the safety protocols, the Dubai Economy said.

(Writing by Cleofe Maceda; editing by Seban Scaria)

Cleofe.maceda@refinitiv.com 

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