Coronavirus: Abu Dhabi reopens gaming halls amid strict COVID-19 measures

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Abu Dhabi has allowed the reopening of entertainment and gaming halls amid strict COVID-19 preventative measures, the UAE’s capital media official announced on Wednesday.

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All centers are limited to a 60 percent capacity and must continuously sanitize and disinfect rides, equipment and other shared items.

COVID-19 tests are required for all employees, though the announcement did not include how often a test must be taken. Frequent temperature checks, masks and gloves are also mandatory for all employees.

Customers must wear masks at all times and are encouraged to use e-payments instead of cash to curb the spread of the virus.

If a center includes a ball pit, a maximum 30 percent capacity is allowed in the pit and it must be deeply sanitized every hour, at the beginning and end of ever day.

Abu Dhabi Media Office also said any equipment, including handles, sticks, steering wheels, and rides must be disinfected after every use.

Spike in UAE cases

The UAE recorded its highest number of daily cases on Wednesday when 1,083 infections were confirmed in a 24-hour period, according to the country's NCEMA.

The UAE saw its previous highest daily count with 1,007 cases in a single day on September 12. Daily infections were on a downward trend since then but have increased once more despite an emphasis on compliance with measures throughout the country.

The health ministry has confirmed 87,530 total positive cases, 76,995 recoveries and 406 deaths as of September 23.

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