Dubai shuts down a shop that held a flash sale which saw crowds thronging in the shopping outlet and sprawling out onto the street on Wednesday theerby flouting Covid-19 rules in the process.
The business was also fined Dh50,000 by Dubai Economy the video of shoppers spilling out onto the street on Wednesday on got widely circulated. The incident unfolded at Day-to-Day’s Union branch in Al Rigga, Deira. A video posted by a passer-by showed crowds leaving the packed store caused traffic to come to a halt.
Dubai Economy shuts down a department store and issued a AED 50,000 fine against it for not adhering to the COVID-19 precautionary measures. pic.twitter.com/cbqX5gw5fz— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) September 9, 2020
Dubai Economy identified the store as discount chain Day-to-Day, in an image that showed a closure notice stamped on the front entrance.
Government officials stressed that returning to normal trading meant businesses and shoppers must be “cautious, not reckless”. Retailers, staff and security guards are responsible for managing shoppers and Covid-19 rules.
The agency, which regulates trading standards, said it would not be “lenient in any way” with retailers who flout social distancing measures.
The National gathers from Abdul Latif, a co-owner of Day-to-Day, that they had not expected “such a massive crowd” when they advertised a 75 to 90 percent sale.
He said it was staff who called police and closed the doors, and said the firm has permission to reopen from Sunday.
There has been a steady rise in the number of Covid-19 cases in the UAE, with officials stressing the need for the public and business owners to be responsible.
On Wednesday, 883 new cases were recorded – the highest daily rate since May 27, though more than 80,000 people were tested that day.
The number of active cases across the Emirates stood at 8,229 on Thursday.
Fewer than 400 deaths have been reported, and the vast majority of patients have fully recovered.
Officials have singled out social gatherings of friends and families as a key cause for rising numbers, along with parties in restaurants and hotels.
Most retailers were allowed to reopen from late April, followed later by bars and restaurants, though safety measures to guard against spreading the coronavirus in place across the emirate, and nationwide.
The decision was taken to help get the economy back on and track and allow people to return to work.
Dubai Economy said inspectors continue to carry out spot checks to ensure outlets are complying with rules.
Hundreds of traders have been fined or temporarily shut down, including barbers, salons and retail outlets, among others. The safety measures have enabled various economic sectors in Dubai to reopen and reduce the impact of the pandemic on society.
The authority has urged consumers to report those who are not complying with precautionary measures by calling 60054555, on the Dubai Consumer mobile app or on their website.
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