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RAK issues requirements for reopening electronic entertainment halls

Ras Al Khaimah, 23rd June 23, 2020 (WAM) — The Ras Al Khaimah Department of Economic Development, RAKDED, has issued a circular on the requirements and procedures for reopening electronic entertainment halls in the Emirate, in line with the precautions set to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, COVID-19.
The new procedures aim to ensure public health and safety in the Emirate, as well as business continuity, which serves to maintain Ras Al Khaimah’s sustainable development. Electronic entertainment halls, such as gaming arcades in malls, may resume their economic activities as of Wednesday, 24th June, 2020, provided they meet the conditions and procedures outlined in the circular.
The circular cautioned that facilities are allowed to be occupied at 50 percent of their capacity, taking social distancing measures into consideration, especially at payment areas. Customers are encouraged to pre-book their sessions if possible and buy tickets online to avoid physical contact. Events and celebrations are not allowed in the facilities, and seating and waiting areas should be closed.
The circular calls on all electronic entertainment halls to test their workers for COVID-19; facilities will not be permitted to re-open unless they meet this prerequisite and obtain test results of all employees from the relevant authorities. Facilities must take the temperature of all employees and customers at the entrance, preventing any individual showing symptoms of the disease or having a fever exceeding 38 degrees from entering the premises.
Employees must wear protective masks and gloves at all times, while sanitisation stations should be set up around the hall, as well as entrances and exits. The entire facility needs to be fully sanitised every day. Customers are required to wear protective masks at all times and those without masks are prohibited from entering.
The circular called for observing strict social distancing rules, placing floor stickers throughout all visible areas inside the hall to encourage people to remain two metres apart.
Similar signs must also be placed in front of payment areas, while customers are required to stand in one single line, with barriers necessary to control the queue.
Electronic entertainment halls must communicate with the public through digital channels and the media to inform them of these precautionary guidelines. Ads should be displayed in clear sight of the public, including at the entrances and other public places to avoid crowding.