Dubai orders 80% of private sector employees to work from home

File photo: Dubai’s Emir Sheikh Mohammed

DUBAI (RAHNUMA) All private sector organizations in Dubai must begin a working from home scheme for 80 percent of their employees as part of coronavirus preventative measures, the emirate’s economic department announced on Wednesday.

The directive started on March 25 and will run until April 9.Businesses exempt from the decision include pharmacies, grocery stores and supermarkets.

All of Dubai’s government workers were ordered to start working from home on Wednesday.

Commercial properties in Dubai, with a handful of “essential exemptions,” were also ordered to close starting Wednesday until April 8.

Schools in the emirate have already been closed and students have been taking part in e-learning programs established by the government.

The UAE as a whole has reported 333 confirmed cases of the virus, with 2 deaths and 52 recoveries.

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