200321 Sterilisation
Dubai Municipality staff sterilise the streets of the city. Image Credit: Gulf News

Abu Dhabi: The UAE announced that sterilisation measures will be done from 8pm to 6am starting from Ramadan 27, as per the Islamic calendar. This falls on May 20. The restriction measures remain in place till further notice.

Eid is set to start on either May 23 or 24, based on moon-sighting. The renewed restrictions will also cover the Eid break based on Monday's briefing.

During Eid holidays, malls and shopping centres would be open from 9am to 7pm as part of the changes, with the application of all procedures and precautionary measures. After Eid the new timings of malls and shopping centres will be announced.

The closure of mosques and places of worship will continue until further notice, and hence Eid prayers and all prayers will be performed at home.

Food outlets, cooperatives, groceries, supermarkets and pharmacies can continue to operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week during the sterilisation program, and these businesses are excluded from the restrictions during sterilisation.

Butchers, vegetable and fruit shops, slaughter houses, fish selling outlets, mills, confectionary shops, will be operating from 6am to 8pm.