Dubai closes all bars, pubs and lounges but restaurants will stay open
All bars, pubs and lounges in Dubai have been ordered to close “with immediate effect” from Monday, March 16 until the end of the month, in order to stop the spread of the deadly coronavirus known as Covid-19.
The Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) confirmed the closure in a circular sent out to all hotel establishments and said:
"In line with Dubai Government Precautionary measures to ensure the health and safety of its residents and visitors; Dubai Tourism notifies all bars, pub and lounges (including bars within restaurants) to close with immediate effect from today (Monday, March 16, 2020) [until] the end of March.
"Dubai Tourism will continuously evaluate the situation in coordination with the health authorities."
Restaurants in Dubai can remain open but areas around bars have been cordoned off. Customers can continue to order food and drinks provided they are seated.
McGettigan's Irish pub had earlier in the day shut four of its outlets in the UAE and there's currently a ban on nightclubs and lounges in the UAE.
Dubai and Abu Dhabi have also temporarily announced plans to close its main tourist attractions, theme parks and cultural destinations from Sunday, March 15 until the end of the month as a precautionary measure.
The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi said closed cultural sites will include Louvre Abu Dhabi, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Qasr Al Hosn, Culture Foundation, Al Ain Palace Museum, Al Ain Oasis, Al Jahili Fort and Qasr Al Muwaiji.
Qasr Al Watan Tour, Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi, Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi and Ferrari World Abu Dhabi will also be affected by the closure order.