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Dubai relaxes timings for shops, malls after Ramadan


All changing and fitting rooms can now open, but under certain conditions.
Dubai Economy on Sunday sent out a circular to retailers suggesting increasing the working hours of outlets from 10am to 10pm during weekdays, and up to 12am over the weekends, after Ramadan.
It also recommended 10am to 10pm for shopping malls during weekdays, and up to 12am over the weekends. The notice also asked shopping malls to adhere to curfew timings announced by the federal government.
In addition, it also announced the removal of the no refund and return policy restrictions, but subject to certain conditions. Retailers have been asked to sanitise goods and set them aside for 24 hours before they are sent to or used by another customer.

Customers can try up 5 items only
The authority announced that all changing and fitting rooms can open under certain conditions, including each customer being allowed to try up to five items only in the store, and spending a maximum of 10 minutes in the fitting room.
It told retailers that returned items should not to be put back on the shelves or used by other customers, and they must be put aside by the retailer for 24 hours. Retailers have been told to continuously sterilise the fitting rooms.
All these measures are being taken by the government as economy slowly and cautiously reopens after the impact of the Covid-19 coronavirus.
For the offices, it said they can operate for six hours during Ramadan, and normal operating hours can resume after the holy month, but they must adhere to the curfew timings. They also need to maintain the occupancy ceiling of up to 30 per cent of within offices as well as elevators. Pantries can be opened for usage by individuals strictly for food and drink consumption, maintaining a 2m social distance and use of disposable utensils.
All coffee stations should follow the 2m social distance guidelines. Also, no water dispensing machine is allowed. The station must be sanitised after every use or once every hour at minimum.

Source: Khaleej Times


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