Thermal cams at AD malls, food retail, pharmacies

By DG Staff

ABU DHABI 2 May 2020: The Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED), has issued a circular to the managers and owners of shopping malls and centres, food retailers and pharmacies operating within Abu Dhabi to provide thermal inspection devices and cameras at the main entrances of their facilities which needs to be rented through the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority, NCEMA.

The new directive stated that placing thermal inspection devices and cameras is an important move that will enable shopping malls and centres from implementing the highest levels of precautionary and preventive measures to protect their visitors and shoppers before entering their malls. These devices will also be linked to NCEMA and in return, malls will pay fees for the service that will be determined at a later time. It also highlighted the necessity to inform mall visitors that shopping and visiting period cannot exceed more than two hours in order to reduce the overcrowding of shoppers inside the malls and maintain the directive of operating with only 30 percent of malls’ capacity.

ADDED noted that the circular is in line with the precautionary measures to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus, Covid-19, and is part of the implementation process of the NCEMA’s directives to curb the impact of Covid-19 in Abu Dhabi. The move follows previously issued circulars regarding the installation of thermal inspection cameras at commercial entrances to examine customers, following the plans to reopen malls and other commercial outlets.

Rashed Abdul Karim Al Balooshi, Undersecretary of ADDED, said shopping centres that comply to the terms and conditions will be granted permission to reopen and receive visitors and shoppers. On the other hand, he stressed that the shoppers should follow the procedures in ensuring safe shopping such as standing at the entrance in front of the thermal examination camera, shopping for a maximum period of two hours, wearing face masks, gloves, and applying enough distance between other visitors, as well as the use of credit card payment, among others.

He raised the importance of shopping malls’ consistent efforts to adhere to all the guidelines and regulations that were set as conditions for their reopening. These key guidelines include keeping the capacity of shoppers inside mall up to a maximum of 30 percent; ensuring the spacing between individuals while shopping; and ensuring that general service companies operating in malls conduct frequent cleaning and sterilization of escalators, elevators, washrooms and other places that are mostly used by shoppers.

CLICK FOR MORE NEWS ABOUT CORONAVIRUS

ALSO READ:

Details of special upcoming Emirates, Etihad flights

Dubai Gazette