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Coronavirus: More UAE malls and restaurants resume business at restricted capacity

Safety measures mark easing of restrictions as public venues such as schools, mosques and cinemas remain closed
Emirati women, wearing protective masks to combat the spread of the coronavirus, take advantage of the reopening of the Mall of Dubai on 28 April 2020 (AFP)

Malls in the United Arab Emirates' capital Abu Dhabi began reopening to a restricted number of customers this weekend as the UAE continued to ease lockdown measures imposed more than a month ago to combat the novel coronavirus.

Three malls reopened in the Emirati capital on Saturday at 30 percent customer capacity after adopting safety measures, including installing thermal inspection devices, the government media office tweeted.

Meanwhile, Sharjah emirate said it would reopen malls, salons and dine-in restaurants on Sunday.

Last week, Dubai allowed malls, restaurants and cafes to resume business with limited capacity. Customers must observe social distancing and wear face masks and gloves. 

Dubai also resumed public transportation services, including subways.

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Other public venues such as schools, mosques and cinemas remain closed in the UAE, which has so far reported nearly 13,600 infections and 119 deaths from the virus.

The UAE had also relaxed a nationwide curfew, first announced on 26 March, with the start of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan on 24 April.

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