All malls and markets in the United Arab Emirates will be closed for two weeks, subject to renewal, state news agency WAM reported.
The closure will come into force in 48 hours as per new regulations by the Ministry of Health and Prevention and the National Crisis and Disasters Management Authority to curb the spread of coronavirus.
Exemptions include pharmacies, supermarkets, co-ops and wholesale open markets, such as the fish and meat markets.
Restaurants will also not be allowed to serve customers in their premises, instead operating deliveries and take away orders.
Meanwhile, the UAE’s Ministry of Interior and the National Crisis and Disasters Management Authority urged people to avoid leaving their homes unless except for essential journeys.
The authorities also asked people to wear masks when going outside.
People are allowed to go out if they are buying food, driving is permissible in private cars with a maximum of three people.
Avoid public places and practice social distancing during family gatherings, the statement added.
The authorities also urged people to avoid visiting hospitals unless it is a critical case or an emergency.