Dubai closes 107 food outlets for violating COVID measures

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Dubai Municipality reported that the percentage of food establishments’ compliance with measures to combat Covid-19 virus has increased to 99% from 93%, during the partial opening of the economy, while it has ordered the closure of 107 food establishments from May 27 until last week.

The Municipality inspectors carried out 10,481 field visits to food establishments in Dubai during the past 75 days, and 107 food establishments were found violating the Covid-19 measures and were closed for not adhering to the procedures set by the health authorities to limit the spread of Covid-19 epidemic.

The most prominent violations that were detected were failure to adhere to social distancing, not wearing personal safety equipment such as masks and gloves during food preparation, as well as not using approved sterilization and disinfection materials.

During their supervisory visits, the Municipality inspectors checked the daily follow-up records of the workers’ health, the sterilization and disinfection operations record, in addition to ensuring that all safety requirements are applied to food during receiving, preparing, storing, displaying at healthy temperatures, and applying hygiene and sterilization procedures to prevent cross-contamination and pest control.

The Municipality checks all food establishments in the emirate according to their various activities, such as restaurants, cafeterias, cafes that offer food, groceries, supermarkets, and bakeries, and also inspects and monitors delivery vehicles, to ensure that they are sterilized, maintain food safety measures after each order, and change masks and gloves of delivery workers after every order.

The inspection teams in the Municipality conduct routine inspection visits as well as visits based on consumer complaints, and impose fines according to Local Order No. 11 of 2003 pertaining to public health and community safety in the Emirate of Dubai.

Dubai Municipality urged all community members to contact its toll-free number 800900, to report any violations of food safety, so that the Municipality will deal with the food outlet immediately.