Covid-19: UAE unveils new guidelines for hotels

Facilities are allowed to operate with strict guidelines in place to ensure the safety of guests and staff

Hotels employees must be temperature screened several times as part of new UAE guidelines for hotels as the country reopens its economy amid the Covid-19 pandemic, it was announced on Thursday.

As part of the guidelines released by the UAE’s National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority, hotels are also required to test all employees before re-opening, as well as every 15 days.

Guests or employees displaying symptoms of Covid-19 will not be allowed to enter hotel facilities, according to the new guidelines.

Additionally, hotels must also leave 24-hour gaps between guests leaving and a new guest occupying it.

Other facilities – such as restaurants and cafes – will be allowed to operate between 6am and 9pm, with four people permitted per table. Distances of 2.5 metres must be maintained between tables.

These facilities, as well as gyms and swimming pools, will be allowed to operate with a predetermined cap on capacity.

Beaches will also be divided into sections to avoid overcrowding.

Some facilities – such as prayer rooms and kids’ areas – will remain closed.

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