Covid-19: Dubai suspends buffets, to screen diners with flu symptoms
Frequent inspections will be conducted to ensure the compliance.
Customers and employees with flu symptoms will not be allowed into Dubai restaurants, as per a new set of guidelines issued by Dubai Municipality to curb the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus.
According to an obligatory notice to all restaurants issued by the Health and Safety Department of the Dubai Municipality, all food establishments in Dubai must comply with the instructions starting March 16, until further notice.
The Municipality said regular and frequent inspections will be conducted to ensure the compliance.
Here are the instructions:
. Food establishments should not sell more than 50 meals per order Customers are not allowed to be in the waiting area to limit the number of people inside the food premises.
. There must eating tables should be spaced to insure two meters at least in between.
. Increase takeaway and home delivery orders (with adequate food safety precautions)
. Use disposable cups and eating utensils for serving food and beverages
. In facilities that have automated dishwashing facilities that meet the disinfection temperature requirements, regular plates and cutlery can be used
. Clean and disinfect of used tables after customer departure immediately.
. Do not allow entry of any customers or employees with flu symptoms
. Open buffet must be closed permanently
The UAE has enlisted a “virtual doctor” to assess potential cases of coronavirus and take the strain off medical services.
The Covid-19 Virtual Doctor is an assessment tool launched by the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention as part of efforts to curb the spread of the pandemic.
The online bot asks users a total of five multiple choice questions, including the person’s travel history, symptoms and if they have been in contact with someone who has been infected with the virus.