The Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED) has issued two new circulars, the first orders the temporary stoppage of relaxation, massage and oriental bath activities in Abu Dhabi while the second covers the suspension of valet parking services, directing car owners to park their vehicles in available parking slots located across the emirate. The move falls in line with the current precautionary measures that are being implemented to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
The newly issued circulars are part of a series of orders that ADDED have released ordering the temporary closure of gyms and health clubs, cinemas and entertainment halls all over the emirate, in addition to banning hookah shisha service in restaurants, coffee shops and cafes. The recent directives reflect the department’s keenness towards achieving the highest levels of health and safety as well as ensuring the health and wellness of the community against potential risks like COVID-19.
ADDED’s first circular directs all managers and owners of licenses allowing the practice of relaxation, massage and oriental bath activities or offering any similar services to males and females to temporarily stop their operations in Abu Dhabi. It also stipulates that the stoppage doesn’t apply on physiotherapy or medical treatment services.
Meanwhile, the circular to temporary suspend valet parking services orders all the service providers to immediately comply with the instructions and stop receiving or parking cars. Instead, valet parking companies are urged to redirect customers to available parking slots.
In its circulars, ADDED calls on all concerned parties to adhere to the instructions until further directions are communicated. The department will also conduct inspections across the emirate to ensure proper adherence, wherein due action will be taken on any spotted violations.
The circulars will immediately take effect from the date of their issuance until further notice, with special emphasis of working in accordance with the necessary protective measures taken by the UAE and in line with the move to ensure continuous coordination with all relevant entities involved in the maintenance of the health and safety of all community members in Abu Dhabi.