Ras Al Khaimah Department of Economic Development Outlines Requirements for Reopening Sports Halls in the Emirate
· The Department seeks to ensure business continuity and maintain high standards of public health and safety
In a circular issued yesterday, Ras Al Khaimah Department of Economic Development (RAKDED) has outlined a set of requirements and procedures for reopening sports halls in the Emirate, in line with the precautions set out to curb the spread of the Novel 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. Commercial institutions may resume their economic activities as of tomorrow (Wednesday, June 24, 2020), provided they meet the conditions and procedures outlined in the circular.
Key Precautionary Measures
The circular cautioned that facilities are allowed to be occupied at 50% of their capacity, taking social distancing measures into consideration, especially at the reception area. Customers are encouraged to pre-book their sessions 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.
Health and Safety
The circular calls on all sports 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, barring any individual showing symptoms of the disease or having a fever exceeding 38 degrees Celsius from entering the premises.
Employees must wear protective masks and gloves at all times, while sanitisation stations should be set up around the facility and at entrances and exits. The entire facility needs to be fully sanitised every day. Customers are required to wear protective masks at all times and violators are prohibited from entering the facility.
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 meters apart.
Similar signs must also be placed in front of payment windows, while customers are required to stand in one single line, with barriers a necessity to control the queue.
Sport halls must communicate with the public through digital channels and the media to inform them of these precautionary guidelines. Ads about avoiding crowding should be displayed in clear sight of the public, including at entrances and other public places