Coronavirus: Dubai restaurant tables must be placed two metres apart

The guidelines are intended to reduce the risk of Covid-19 infections

Emirati men walk along the empty beachside boulevard of Jumeirah Beach Residence which is usually crowded, in the Gulf emirate of Dubai on March 12, 2020. Dubai Financial Market dived more than 7.0 percent at the open on the last trading day of the week and Abu Dhabi shares dropped 6.0 percent following worldwide losses amid fears over the coronavirus pandemic and an oil price war. / AFP / KARIM SAHIB
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Authorities in Dubai have announced restaurant tables must be placed two metres apart to reduce the risk of coronavirus infection.

Under the guidelines, officials also said customers should not be kept in waiting areas prior to being seated.

“Seating tables should be spaced to ensure two metres at least in between,” a statement by Dubai Municipality said.

“Regular inspections will be conducted to ensure compliance.”

The new regulations, issued by Dubai Municipality on Tuesday, will remain in force until further notice.

Earlier this week, the Government of Dubai announced that all bars, pubs and lounges in the emirate would be closed until the end of March.

But a spokesman for Dubai Tourism confirmed to The National that restaurants in the emirate would be allowed to remain open.

Officials said disposable plates and cutlery should be used unless dishwashing machines met “disinfection temperature requirements”.

And new regulations also stipulated buffets should be closed permanently, and that tables must be cleaned as soon as diners leave.

“Do not allow entry of any customers or employees with flu symptoms,” the announcement also said.