Restaurants and cafes in Sharjah have been asked to apply for permits to display food on tables outside their premises during Ramadan.
They were not permitted to display food outside during the first two years of the Covid-19 pandemic.
In a statement sent to the media, Sharjah Municipality listed hygiene and food storage rules that should be followed after restaurants obtain a permit.
Inspectors have started carrying out checks and will continue to do so until the end of Ramadan, the municipality said.
Officers will assess the level of hygiene, how the food is being prepared and stored, and will educate workers on health practices.
“Plans are in place to ensure establishments are in compliance with all health rules during the holy month,” said Obaid Al Tunaiji, director general of Sharjah Municipality.
“Maintaining public health is a priority for the municipality and 50 inspectors have been assigned to visit and check all food establishments to ensure rules are being followed.”
Restaurants will also need a permit to serve food to non-Muslims during fasting hours.
The municipality and Sharjah Charity will step up two tents in industrial areas to offer free iftar meals to workers.
Parking will be free of charge at mosques during taraweeh, night prayers, said during the holy month.