COVID-19 in Middle East: UAE closed all fresh food markets, supermarkets allowed to open 24 hours
By Guan Yu Lim
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The UAE government had closed all fish, meat and vegetable markets for two weeks in light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
The Ministry of Health and Prevention and the National Emergency and Crisis and Disasters Management Authority said the decision would be subjected to review and re-assessment.
In the announcement, the UAE was also closing all commercial centres and shopping malls. This excludes pharmacies, and food retail outlets, including cooperative societies, grocery stores, and supermarkets, along with fish, meat and vegetables markets dealing with wholesalers.
Restaurants were also not be allowed to receive customers. Instead, their services would be limited to home deliveries only.