Sharjah reopens wedding, public event halls

Eudore R. Chand

SHARJAH 16 November 2020: Sharjah Economic Development Department (SEDD), is reopening wedding and event halls, as part of the gradual plan for return of economic and social activities in the emirate.

It also approved a circular explaining related articles and conditions. This move aims to preserve the health and safety of the community, while ensuring the continuity of the business sector and achieving sustainable development.

Salim Ahmed Al Suwaidi, SEDD Deputy Director of Commercial Control and Protection Department, said  SEDD officers, in cooperation with local authorities, will ensure compliance. The measures include wearing face masks and gloves, adhering to a two-metre social distancing policy, and ensuring that attendance levels do not exceed 50 percent of a venue’s capacity.

Employees should follow guidelines approved by the Ministry of Health and Prevention, such as washing hands, obtaining negative Covid-19 test results from accredited authorities, and notifying health authorities about suspected cases, he added.

Al Suwaidi stated that first aid services and personal protective equipment must be provided, as well as a dedicated space for isolating suspected cases and arrangements for transportation to a healthcare facility, if required, affirming that those with coronavirus symptoms, such as a fever exceeding 37.5 degrees, a cough, or shortness of breath and fatigue, should be prevented from entering an establishment.

Additional precautionary and preventive measures

The SEDD highlighted the need for additional precautionary and preventive measures, including disinfecting venues before and after weddings or events, as well as the frequent sterilisation of tables, chairs, equipment, appliances, remote controls, electrical and electronic switches and door handles.

The SEDD’s requirements include the distribution of instructions and precautionary measures through posters or electrical boards around venues, sanitising and cleaning toilets after each use, and the installation of hand sanitiser dispensers or dispensers filled with soap.

Offices, workplaces and equipment should be disinfected and cleaned, and surfaces subject to frequent contact should be regularly sanitised and cleaned. Event personnel should also be equipped with personal protective equipment, such as gloves, when performing their duties, while staff uniforms must be sterilised. In addition, food and beverage employees and service personnel must wear appropriate uniforms and single-use masks and gloves, as well as cover their hair at all times.

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