Coronavirus in UAE: Food establishments adopt new safety measures
Coronavirus in UAE: Food establishments adopt new safety measures

Coronavirus in UAE: Food establishments adopt new safety measures

Many eateries and restaurants are making adequate changes to follow the guidelines.
Changing seating arrangements, stopping the buffet services and conducting sanitising operations all over the premises are among the modifications Dubai eateries are busily implementing to abide by the Dubai Municipality’s new restrictions to ensure the safety of customers.

The civic body had ordered sweeping restrictions to all food establishments across the city from Monday amid the Covid-19 fear. After the recent circular, many eateries and restaurants are making adequate changes to follow these guidelines.

Kamal, the owner of Iza Delights in Al Barsha, said: “We have removed many chairs from our restaurants in order to maintain the two-metre distance that needs to be enforced. We have also updated our entire menu on Google products and closed the breakfast buffet that we used to serve.”

Rakesh Jeena from Mumbai Multi food in Karama explained about the additional measures that are being implemented to maintain hygiene and sanitisation. “We are sanitising and disinfecting the entire restaurant space even more than what we usually do. We are also making it a point to update our customers through our Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp accounts about the current situation and encouraging online orders as customers are not allowed to be in the waiting areas.”

Parisa Chum, director communication, Intercontinental Hotel Groups, said: “We do a significant amount of work on an ongoing basis to ensure that our hotels are prepared for all kinds of different risks. We have strong processes in place to help us manage this and all our hotels around the world have been provided with the support and guidance. This includes ensuring hygiene standards and working closely with the respective authorities to minimise risks.”

A south Indian restaurant chain noted that there is already a drop in footfall. Vijayan Nellipunatthil, executive director of Calicut Notebook chain of restaurants, said there has been a 40 per cent drop in the number of walk-in customers at the restaurants.

“Most of our businesses are from home deliveries, which we think is the safer option for our patrons. We’ve added a two-metre distance between all tables and have completely stopped serving cold food,” he said.

“Our staff wash hands every 20 minutes and we have adopted all other safety measures that have been recommended by the Dubai Municipality and much more,” added Vijayan.

The governing body has also stated that frequent inspections will be conducted to ensure the compliance as per the rules of the Food Safety Department.

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