Covid Crackdown: Four tourism outlets, pool closed

By Eudore R. Chand

DUBAI 14 September 2020: The Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) has closed four establishments, suspended the permits of 14 others and issued final warnings to 19 more companies for non-compliance with Covid-19 precautionary measures put in place across all tourism touchpoints.

Dubai has launched initiatives such as the Dubai Assured stamp which certifies hotels, retail establishments and attractions that have complied with all health and safety protocols to reassure travellers of the city’s ability not only to provide the highest levels of protection and facilitate a well-rounded destination experience, but also to safeguard the health and wellbeing of all communities.

The Department reiterated that everyone needs to be vigilant, avoid complacence and strictly follow preventive measures, since Covid-19 has not been eliminated and continues to have an adverse global impact, said official news agency Wam.

As part of efforts to ensure continued full compliance with the guidelines outlined by Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management, Dubai Tourism inspectors have adopted a zero-tolerance approach in the implementation and management of health and safety protocols. The organisation said it will not hesitate to take punitive action against violators, which may include fines and closure of establishments.

Detailed guidelines have been set for both government and private sector establishments in each industry, including the hospitality, retail, tourist attractions, leisure, entertainment and F&B sectors. In addition to wearing masks at all times and maintaining social distancing, the frequent sterilisation of various facilities at hotels and other establishments is mandatory to ensure the health and safety of all guests, residents and staff. All hotel employees also need to undergo regular testing and have their temperature checked several times a day. Entrances to hotels are fitted with equipment for contactless screening of guests.

Swimming pool shut down in Dubai

Inspection teams from the Dubai Sports Council and Dubai Economy have shut down a swimming pool in the emirate for violating Covid-19 safety guidelines.

The two entities urged in a statement sports and fitness centres to adhere to all Covid-19 precautionary measures and safety guidelines issued by relevant authorities or face fines and even closure.

Teams from the council and Dubai Economy have been visiting academies and sports and fitness centres in the Emirate to inspect the facilities and ensure they comply with all the precautionary measures imposed by relevant authorities to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and protect the community from the pandemic.

The inspection team found a swimming pool at one of the sports centre in violation of the safety protocols and have decided to shut it down until the facility confirms to all the requirements.

The inspection teams have also issued two fines at fitness centres for non-compliance with safety protocols – Dh5,000 for not ensuring safe distance inside the facility and Dh3,000 because an employee was not wearing the mandatory face mask.

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