Covid 19: Groceries, Pharmacies In UAE To Be Open For 24 Hours A Day

by Vaishnavi Venkataraman
Covid 19:  Groceries, Pharmacies In UAE To Be Open For 24 Hours A Day

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The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention and the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority announced that food outlets, supermarkets and groceries can remain open for 24 hours. However, stores must ensure there is no overcrowding and the percentage of shoppers does not exceed 30%. Besides, stores must also ensure a safe distance of two metres between customers waiting for billing or in queues.

“All bodies concerned have to abide by the preventive and precautionary measures taken by the State’s competent bodies to ensure public safety and people’s well-being,” said the statement.

The announcement right after the UAE government issues a notice to close down malls, commercial centres, open fish and vegetable markets. Groceries, supermarkets and pharmacies are exempted from the close down.

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Meanwhile, Carrefour requests residents to be more mindful of one another, and to shop responsibly. The massive supermarket chain released a statement reassuring the public of the stock that they will continue to have. They are urging people to stop hoarding, and making it potentially difficult for others.

Although shopping malls will remain closed in the UAE, all Carrefour stores will stay open, operating at the regular timings. Carrefour has also mentioned that they are continuously monitoring stock levels, to ensure constant availability of groceries. Their number one aim and goal is to adequately care for all their customer’s needs, during this pressing time.

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Our teams are working around the clock to ensure our shelves are stocked with fresh food and the essentials you need. We ask that you shop responsibly and consider the needs of others. There is enough for everyone, today, tomorrow and long after that. We stand with our community now and will be there for you no matter what. فريقنا يعمل على مدار الساعة للتأكد من أن كل ما تحتاجونه من المأكولات الطازجة والمستلزمات متوفرة لدينا. نرجو منكم التبضع بحكمة وأخذ الآخرين بعين الاعتبار. لدينا ما يكفي الجميع اليوم وغداً وكل يوم. سنقف جنباً إلى جنب مع مجتمعنا وسنكون إلى جانبكم مهما كلّف الأمر.

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Carrefour promises all that they will not increase prices, and asks that everyone stop panicking. They are working closely with their suppliers, in order to maintain economical prices for all their customers. They have stated that during this time, they don’t wish to increase customer’s bills. At this time of difficulty, they are trying to lower prices, in order to help the public during this time of the Coronavirus.

The supermarket chain has implemented strict sanitisation procedures in all stores around the United Arab Emirates. They have also imposed strong social distancing measures between staff and customers in order to curb the spread of Covid 19. This involves the placement of acrylic glass screens at all checkout counters to decrease any kind of social contact. They have also placed more instructional signage around the market, one again, in order to reduce social interaction.

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