Ras Al Khaimah: Cafes to Reopen and Offer Shisha

The Ras Al Khaimah Municipal Department has announced the reopening of cafes with 50% capacity and is allowing them to offer shisha. The change takes effect on 4 August 2020. Health precautions will apply including only using of disposable hookah hoses , deep cleaning and sanitization of the hookah and changing the water after each user. Employees and customers will also have to wear face masks during working hour, and cafes should provide hand sanitizers on every table at the “shisha” delivery site. They should also clean, disinfect and sanitize all common surfaces and areas after each use. If an employee tests COVID-19 positive, they will not be able to return to work unless a medical certificate has been obtained from a source accredited by the Ministry of Health and Prevention. Shisha staff must also washing their hands before and after providing the service. The temperatures of employees, workers and visitors who wish to enter the cafe must be measured for compliance. If a condition is detected and COVID-19 symptoms suspected, the National Ambulance hotline must be contacted. The cafe must maintain integrated records (of employees, workers and visitors), smokers or accompanying individuals. (including their names, phone numbers and visit dates, for the purpose of contact tracking and maintain accurate work records for employees. Having a contract with a sanitation and sterilisation company approved by the Public Health Department is also advised. The facility should also appoint a responsible person to supervise the daily and continuous cleaning and they should be trained in the best practices and Public Health department requirements. Special contaminated waste containers should be provided at all major entrances and in the common areas for contaminated waste like masks and gloves. and these must be removed frequently. Large gathering or parties will not be permitted and groups of more than four people will not be allowed in the smoking area. Shisha locations should have a fresh air system and should ensure that the door is permanently closed between the smoking area and the non-smoking area . The Ras Al Khaimah Municipality and RAK Economic Department ordered the closure of these cafés in March. Histoire complète

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