After weeks of mandatory at-home restrictions limiting outside movement in efforts to control the spread of Covid-19, the UAE is gradually beginning to reopen with a watchful eye on the evolving situation. Although a number of strict guidelines still remain in place for the health and safety of the UAE community, dine-in restaurants are once again allowed to operate under directives from the Ministry of Health and the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA). In accordance with these new measures, Jumeirah Group is re-opening three of its signature restaurants across two of its Dubai properties.
At Jumeirah Al Naseem, fine diners can head to Rockfish and indulge in a menu of modern Mediterranean delights created by Michelin-starred chef Marco Garfagnini for either lunch or dinner. At KAYTO, the popular Peruvian-Nikkei pop-up found on the hotel’s chic rooftop, foodies can embark on a culinary seafood journey infused with fusion flavors, complemented by unparalleled evening vistas of the nearby Burj Al Arab. For a more relaxed setting, Dubai’s cult-favorite beachside spot Shimmers offers fresh Greek fare and panoramic ocean views from lunchtime onwards at the nearby Jumeirah Mina A’ Salam.
No matter the Jumeirah dining destination, both guests’ and employees’ health and safety are a top priority during this time, and government guidelines will be followed as such. As of today, restaurants are only able to seat a 30 percent maximum capacity and a two-meter distance must be applied between all tables to ensure proper social distancing even while dining. Single-use cutlery should also be used and shisha and buffet services are still not available for the time being.
Elsewhere in the UAE, precautionary measures in other sectors are also slowly being lifted, with many notable changes occurring since Friday to coincide with the start of Ramadan. While social gatherings of more than ten people, iftar tents, and mosque prayers are all still suspended throughout the Holy Month, malls and shopping centers are reopening, public transportation is running, and outdoor exercising is permitted as long as remaining measures are followed, including mandatory face masks in any public space.
Although a national curfew from 10pm-6 am is still in place for daily sterilization and disinfection drives to be carried out every evening, 24-hour restrictions have been lifted since April 24 and movement permits are no longer required to leave the house during the daytime. After 10 pm, individuals are only allowed to step outside in case of a medical emergency or if they work in one of the exempted sectors.