Dubai orders restaurants, hotels, event centers to remain closed until further notice amid coronavirus pandemic

Authorities in Dubai have extended until further notice the closure of all restaurants, hotels and events centers in the Emirates amid the ongoing containment of the coronavirus pandemic, Arabian Business reports.
The Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) reportedly this week announced the extension of precaution measures in place to curb the novel disease.
“In line with Dubai Government Precautionary measures to ensure the health and safety of its residents and visitors, we extend all the Precautionary Circulars on the website until further notice.
“Dubai Tourism will continuously evaluate the situation in coordination with the health authorities,” the department said in a circular.
Authorities in the emirates taken harsh measures including grounding of all passenger airlines expect repatriation flights.
The ban on hotel, restaurant activities and events has reportedly crippled businesses. A survey by restaurant performance company Mingora, which covered 30 respondents from 1,050 restaurants, Arabian Business reports, has revealed that around 90% of CEOs in the F&B space expect a significant drop in business in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
UAE has recorded as of Wednesday confirmed 5,365 cases of coronavirus and 33 deaths according the health ministry.

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