Coronavirus: Dubai extends shutdown of hotels, restaurants until further notice

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Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) said it is extending all existing precautionary measures, including the shutdown of hotels, restaurants, and suspension of events, until further notice.

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According to a statement from the department in charge of tourism in Dubai, the extension is “in line with the Dubai government’s precautionary measures to ensure the health and safety of its residents and visitors.”

“In a message to the tour operators, owners of hotel establishments, restaurants, event sites and event organizers in the Emirate of Dubai, the department stated that it will continuously assess the new situation with the health authorities, stressing full commitment to all precautionary measures,” the statement added.

Last month, the DTCM notified all hotels to close all bars, pubs, lounges starting March 16, 2020. At the time, the suspension was meant to last until the end of March and was subsequently extended for two weeks.

Several other precautionary measures have been taken over the past several weeks to slow the spread of the virus. The suspension of the entry of all valid visa holders who are outside of the UAE was extended for two additional weeks.

The country had also suspended issuing all entry visas starting from March 17 and called on its citizens abroad to return to their home country due to travel difficulties in light of the spread of the coronavirus and the travel restrictions the government put in place to contain the outbreak.

Authorities on Wednesday also announced it has converted the Dubai World Trade Centre into a field hospital that can house 3,000 coronavirus patients in a bid to ramp up the country’s capacity to treat people infected with the COVID-19.

The UAE has so far confirmed five deaths as a result of the pandemic, while registering 432 new infections raising the total number of cases in the country up to 5,365, according to the ministry of health.

The ministry announced that the registered recovery cases in the country exceeded more than 1,000 cases, after 101 COVID-19 patients recovered on Wednesday, bringing the total number of recoveries to 1,034 cases so far.

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