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Dubai: Offices in Dubai can resume normal operating hours with an increased occupancy ceiling of 50 per cent in common areas and within the premises, according to a protocol update by Dubai Economy.

The plan for reopening of various sectors in Dubai says the capacity level of staffing can be increased to 50 per cent, from the earlier 30 per cent.

“All elevators must have markings on the floor that indicate social distancing,” the update added.

Remote Work System

Effective March 29, the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE) had directed that a maximum of 30 per cent of the workforce at private entities would be allowed to be physically present in office while others whose jobs didn’t necessitate their physical presence would working remotely.

The decision coincided with the implementation of the ‘Remote Work System’.

The ministry had emphasised that private entities should consider minimising the number of customers visiting their service centres to 30 per cent and to strictly observe health and safety precautions, such as keeping enough distance between customers, as well as disinfection of devices and utilities.

This came in a resolution issued by Nasser bin Thani Al Hamli, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, on regulating remote work at UAE-based private entities as part of the precautionary measures taken to check the spread of coronavirus, in coordination with the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA).

The decision had exempted infrastructure projects, catering, telecommunications, power, health, education, banking, food processing, health supplies manufacturing and cleaning firms.

According to the decision, the ‘Remote Work System’ had to apply to all employees and workers whose jobs didn’t entail their physical presence at workplaces, with priority to be given to pregnant women, employees aged 60 and above, people of determination, employees with respiratory and chronic diseases and mothers of children in G-9 and below, subject to the approval of their HR Departments.