Coronavirus : Global Village, Gyms, Parlours To Close Down With Immediate Effect

by Vaishnavi Venkataraman
Coronavirus : Global Village, Gyms, Parlours To Close Down With Immediate Effect

After Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce suspended nightclubs, restaurants, parks and beaches, the Global Village has now announced that it will wrap up this year’s edition earlier. This year Global Village was to run until April 4, but the closure has now been advanced to 15 March. Global Village and Dubai Media Office took to Twitter to announce that this year’s edition is closing down with immediate effect.

Meanwhile, museums, historical sites and public libraries in Dubai have also been closed until the end of this month. That’s not all!

Furthermore, Dubai Media Office also announced on Twitter that massage parlors, spas, and gyms must suspend services with immediate effect.

What Else?

In the light of the recent Coronavirus threat, Dubai and Abu Dhabi have taken new initiatives to prevent the spread of the virus. The Department of Culture and Tourism announced that nightclubs in Dubai and Abu Dhabi will remain closed until the end of March. Besides, Abu Dhabi has also banned weddings in the Emirate, until the month end, to prevent spread of the virus.

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The circular mentioned that Compliance officers will visit establishments to ensure adherence. Further, strict legal action will be taken against violators. The ban is effective from Sunday, March 15 until the end of the month. Besides, Abu Dhabi has also banned weddings in the Emirate and has shut down a few popular restaurants.

Additionally, malls in Abu Dhabi are now fitted with thermal detectors as a precautionary measure.

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A statement from the department read:

“In line with preventative measures for coronavirus (Covid-19) the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi is instructing all tourism establishments and event organisers in Abu Dhabi with a ban on all events and the operating of night clubs.

“Compliance is highly anticipated and required, noting that legal measures will be taken against any violators pursuant to applicable legislation.”

It did not initially appear that bars were included in the order, however, the popular venue McGettigans said on its Facebook page it was closed with immediate effect “in line with preventative measures for Coronavirus and under instruction from the Department of Culture and Tourism.”

Meanwhile did you know Mothers Have Been Granted Flexible Working Hours Amid Nursery Closure Due To Coronavirus?

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