Coronavirus: UAE mall and restaurant visit rules for children and elderly clarified

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Hind Al Soulia - Riyadh - Some restaurants in have begun welcoming customers outside the age group of 12 to 60 into their premises but a ban on their entry into shopping malls remains in place.

Businesses are gradually reopening across the UAE and the easing of restrictions is paving the way for a return to normal life.

But age-specific restrictions have meant many families are still unable to take their children or elderly parents to restaurants situated inside malls.

The reopening of a few restaurants that allow all-age customers for dine-in services has come as a relief for people facing such a dilemma.

Thai restaurant Little Bangkok with seven branches in the city is among those that are open to accepting guests aged below 12 and above 60.

People have lunch at a cafe in Jumeirah Lake Towers, Dubai. A few restaurants are now open to children under 12 and those above 60. Chris Whiteoak / The National
People have lunch at a cafe in Jumeirah Lake Towers, Dubai. A few restaurants are now open to children under 12 and those above 60. Chris Whiteoak / The National

Maria Bonita, a family-friendly outlet for those craving Mexican cuisine in Umm Suqeim, too is open to the young and the elderly, said a spokesman of the restaurant.

Similarly, Reform Social and Grill, a British restaurant, and Wokyo Noodle Bar in Jumeirah Lakes Towers and Al Safa are now open to all-age guests.

Even as more than a dozen restaurants that The National spoke with are accepting children and the elderly, many continue to refuse them entry.

Popular restaurant Shakespeare and Co is not yet ready to welcome young children and elderly guests, said a booking adviser.

Last month, the Ministry of Health and Prevention and the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority reiterated regulations for malls and restaurants with regard to children and the elderly.

A view of the Dubai Mall. Shopping malls have reopened in the emirate but vulnerable groups like children and elderly are not allowed into the premises. EPA
A view of the Dubai Mall. Shopping malls have reopened in the emirate but vulnerable groups like children and elderly are not allowed into the premises. EPA

They are prohibited from entering shopping malls, co-operative societies, supermarkets and retail stores located outside shopping centres, the two organisations said.

The decision was made as part of the precautionary measures and restrictions governing the reopening of shopping malls and commercial centres in the UAE.

Shopping malls continue to adhere to the guidelines and ban vulnerable people from their premises.

“As per authorities, children who are 12 or below and people who are 60 and above are not allowed to enter the mall,” a spokesman for Emaar Malls told The National.

Al Futtaim malls in Dubai are also not letting in children and the elderly.

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In Abu Dhabi, similar restrictions are in place for visiting malls and restaurants.

“We will not allow anyone who is under 12 or over 60,” said a customer service representative at Marina Mall, Abu Dhabi.

Restaurants are also not ready to welcome guests outside the 12-60 age group.

“Unfortunately, we cannot accept young children right now,” said the booking adviser at Jones the Grocer at Al Raha, Abu Dhabi.

Updated: June 8, 2020 05:46 PM

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