Dubai hotels warned of closures for COVID-19 norm violations

14th September 2020 (Last Updated September 14th, 2020 15:22)

Hotel establishments in Dubai have been warned of heavy penalties and closures for failing to comply with COVID-19 regulations.

Dubai hotels warned of closures for COVID-19 norm violations
A set of COVID-19 guidelines was released in June this year for hotels across the UAE. Credit: SHIRAZ henry from Pixabay.

Hotel establishments in Dubai have been warned of heavy penalties and closures for failing to comply with COVID-19 regulations.

According to Dubai Media Office tweet, non-compliant establishments will face a penalty and/or closure, as per the enforced regulations.

The civic body said it continues to carry out intensive inspection campaigns on hotel establishments to ensure compliance with COVID-19 precautionary measures.

The warning from the civic body follows the increase in COVID-19 cases in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with 1,007 new coronavirus cases reported on Saturday.

A set of COVID-19 guidelines for hotels across the UAE was released in June this year, under which all employees must be tested for coronavirus before reopening, and retested every 15 days.

According to the guidelines, hotels are expected to provide an infrared thermometer and thermal camera.

Employee temperatures should be tested several times per working day and any guest or employee showing coronavirus symptoms will not be allowed to enter hotel facilities.

The guidelines also require hotels to maintain a 24-hour gap after a guest checks out.

The hospitality industry in the Middle East has been significantly affected due to the COVID-19 pandemic and related restrictions.

Apart from the UAE, Oman has also released guidelines for the hotel staff and guests.