The UAE government was able to control the outbreak of the Corona virus in order to restore life to normal in all parts of the Emirates, but gradually, and according to the directives of His Highness Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince of the Deputy Ruler of Sharjah and Chairman of the Executive Council of the Emirate of Sharjah, the Emirate of Sharjah started on the morning of Today, it enters the second stage by activating the various sectors and activities by 50 percent in line with the directives within the Emirate's precautionary measures to confront the new Corona virus.
In a related context, the emergency and crisis team in the Emirate of Sharjah held a remote meeting chaired by His Excellency Major General Saif Muhammad Al-Zari Al-Shamsi, Commander-in-Chief of Sharjah Police and team leader, in the presence of heads and managers of government agencies and departments in the emirate to discuss the emirate's preparations and its readiness to restart and open its governmental and economic sectors.
In this regard, the meeting approved the reopening of the economic and tourism sectors and various activities in the Emirate of Sharjah starting from Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 50 percent, while providing all precautionary measures for prevention in line with the directives.
On the other hand, it has begun to resume the work hours of employees at workstations in the Emirate of Sharjah in stages that started with a rate of 30 percent according to the shift system, with the percentage increasing gradually in accordance with the developments and the requirements of the work that is approved with the approval of the concerned authorities in order to enhance the continuity of government work and ensure the provision of government services.
Also, the second stage includes opening cinemas and the return of economic and tourism activities in the emirate by 50 percent in line with the directives in a manner that does not conflict with public safety procedures and gradual rates for the workforce of the different establishments and receiving the auditors with adherence to the conditions of public safety and the continuation of sterilization operations.
On the one hand, Major General Al Shamsi stressed that the safety of individuals and protecting them from the risk of transmission of the emerging corona virus "Covid-19" comes in the list of the emirate's priorities in parallel with restarting many economic and tourism activities according to the precautionary measures used for prevention, while observing the general safety conditions.
For his part, the head of the Sharjah emergency and crisis team called on the authorities and individuals to enhance social responsibility to deal with the developments of the next stage and the opening of many sectors to prevent the risk of the spread of the virus, stressing the emirate's keenness to follow the developments of opening different sectors according to studied stages to ensure the safety and health of individuals.
Maj. Gen. Al-Shamsi pointed out the importance of the return of employees to their workplaces in certain proportions according to the precautionary conditions and controls to support the investment and economic sectors in the emirate in a way that contributes to facilitating their work and strengthening the work system in general.
The meeting also approved the continuous application of the remote work system for the excluded groups in accordance with federal and local decisions, with the possibility of managing the head of the department to increase the percentage of employees present in the workplaces according to the conditions and work requirements.
The meeting recognized the commitment of remote dealing with the departments concerned with providing services to the public during the next two months, as the digital transformation network in the emirate provides work flexibility after it has proven its effectiveness and ability to face the challenges of the current stage and provide remote communication services in accordance with the highest standards of efficiency and professionalism.
The process of resuming the return of employees to the workplaces coincides with the flexibility to deal with the nature of work according to productivity and efficiency standards, conducting free checks for employees and continuous sterilization of departments and government agencies and setting all precautionary measures to reduce opportunities for virus transmission between employees.
The meeting approved the opening of private and public beaches, restaurants, swimming pools and gardens by 50 percent in line with the directives, taking into account the spacing between visitors and the intensification of inspection tours by specialists to ensure compliance with the procedures.
Sheikha Nawar Al Qasimi, Director of the Sharjah Art Foundation, addressed procedures for restarting activities at the institution by opening some of its buildings, including the rain room, to provide safety and protection standards for the building’s visiting mechanism, which requires booking tickets remotely, allowing control of the number of building visitors and arranging appointments that are compatible with Prevention and safety measures for individuals.
Among the procedures for the second stage of opening activities is the establishment of an art exhibition with the application of the remote reservation system by taking all precautionary measures, including sterilization, examination of labor and technicians, and ensuring that they do not mix with external societies exposed to the Corona virus.
Dr. Tariq Sultan Bin Khadim, Head of the Human Resources Department in the Emirate of Sharjah, stressed the department's keenness to ensure the availability of safety and prevention measures for various government agencies and departments, prior to the start of the resumption of work in different workplaces.
He pointed to a package of conditions that were established to ensure the safety of employees, including their commitment to develop "face masks" and the availability of sterilizers and the necessary checks for employees in accordance with work requirements prior to the start of working hours, with an emphasis on the commitment to stay home for those who have any symptoms related to the virus and who are in contact with infected cases, pointing to a commitment to spacing between Employees, avoidance of handshaking, and the necessity to inform the line manager if any symptoms are suspected.
The Head of the Human Resources Department stressed the importance of dealing with developments and setting the necessary conditions that guarantee the protection and safety of employees.
The Human Resources Department has completed the preparation of a guide for employees in the Government of Sharjah that contributes to protecting them from the transmission of the virus and includes the conditions and precautionary measures for prevention.
On the one hand, Ali Salem Al Midfa, Chairman of Sharjah International Airport Authority, affirmed the full commitment of the authority to promoting health measures to ensure the safety of travelers and employees, noting the preventive measures being taken in accordance with the procedures followed in the United Arab Emirates that include employees by obliging them to wear masks while conducting the necessary checks for workers at the airport. Sharjah.
The precautionary measures of the Sharjah Airport Authority include a control package that obligates travelers to wear medical masks and adherence to the rules of physical spacing as a prerequisite for boarding the plane, and the provision of sterilization gates with continuous sterilizations of facilities throughout the day in all parts of the airport from the entrances and exits, gates and luggage transport carts, and escalators, The floors and roofs, as well as the planes and the corridors leading to it, and the buses to transport passengers, in addition to passing all departures through checking thermal cameras to ensure their safety.
The second stage procedures include opening the airport according to the rates permitted by the National Authority for Emergency and Crisis and Disaster Management and the General Authority of Civil Aviation and receiving the numbers of passengers (departures / arrivals / transit) accordingly.
It also includes the operation of the free market in accordance with the criteria agreed upon by the competent authorities and the opening of shops, while fulfilling all the conditions, standards and procedures followed with the competent authorities.
Tourism and hospitality
For his part, Khaled Jassim Al-Midfa, Chairman of the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority, reviewed the mechanism of the authority in restarting the tourism activities that were suspended during the last period in stages starting at 50 percent in line with the directions, and includes the beaches of hotel establishments, swimming pools and restaurants, and will be expanded during the coming stages In the percentage of opening tourist activities after studying them and developing proposals for their operation.
The Chairman of the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority stressed the continuity of stressing the adoption of precautionary measures in sectors that are reopened in all stages, including the proportions of the absorptive hall that do not exceed 50 percent in line with the directives and maintaining the physical distance between individuals in the beaches and public places and setting signs of spacing for customers .
Al-Midfa pointed out that the completion of a guide for workers in the tourism sector in both Arabic and English to ensure protection from the transmission and spread of the Corona virus.
The meeting decided to provide training and remote testing services for workers in food establishments registered within the Sharjah Food Safety Program and to resume the collection of fees for renewing occupational health cards for facilities subject to the supervision of the municipality, at a rate of 50 percent. And resume the provision of vaccination services for workers in food and health facilities.
The meeting also approved the activation of the pre-reservation service to provide samples to be examined in laboratories, installment of government fees, fines and due violations, and resume the collection of fees for renewing vehicle licenses issued by the Food Control Department.
The economic sector
Sultan Bin Haddah Al Suwaidi - Chairman of the Department of Economic Development stressed the importance of incentive measures taken by the Emirate of Sharjah to enhance economic activity in the emirate and reduce the impact of the virus’s consequences on various economic activities, pointing to the department’s keenness to continue the practice of economic activities in the emirate in accordance with the highest safety standards.
Bin Hoda pointed out that the effects of the global pandemic on the economic sector in the Emirate of Sharjah came in a limited manner without harming the interests of individuals and economic establishments so as to ensure the government of Sharjah to many of the obligations of the economic and investment sector and its support to the sector and to allow the continuity of many economic activities in addition to what digital communication provided the possibility to complete Remote economic transactions.
Bin Hadda indicated that during the past three months, 37,444 smart transactions were completed, which is a positive indication that the sector has not been affected, indicating the opening of many activities by 50 percent in line with the directives, with a gradual increase in them according to indicators and developments that herald a forthcoming positive stage that contributes to opening the economic sectors by 100 percent.
The second stage of activating the economic sector includes the opening of the following facilities: cinemas and fitness clubs for both men and women, children's game rental facilities, electronic games halls and internet network services, water bicycle rental facilities, sports rental and management facilities, and facilities engaged in cruise organization Auctions, auction management and parking facilities, motorcycle rental facilities and parking services.
The head of the Department of Economic Development stressed the department's keenness to consider the proposals of the investment authorities in the emirate and work to implement them to serve their economic activities and their various actions.
Salem bin Muhammad Al-Naqbi, head of the Department of Municipalities and Agriculture Affairs, said that the second stage of the reactivation deals with increasing the capacity of the shops by 50% of customers, while adhering to precautionary and preventive measures, opening beaches and gardens, taking into account the spacing between visitors, and intensifying inspection tours by Specialists to ensure adherence to the procedures.
Dr. Mohadeth Al Hashemi, Chairman of the Sharjah Authority for Special Education, addressed the initiative of the Authority to reopen 58 institutes and training centers for languages, education, vocational, technical training and others according to preventive measures with occupancy rates not exceeding 50 percent in line with the directives.
Al Hashemi indicated that what is related to reopening nurseries and schools is taking measures according to the decisions issued by the United Arab Emirates.
For his part, Engineer Youssef Saleh Al-Suwaiji, Chairman of the Roads and Transport Authority reviewed the mechanism of restarting Al-Jubail station by 50 percent, in line with the directives, as it serves external lines between the Emirate of Sharjah and the various emirates of the country to gradually increase several stations.
Hana Saif Al-Suwaidi, Chairman of the Environment and Natural Reserves Authority, said that the current phase plan addresses starting with a 50 percent return to activities in line with the directives and includes preparing four centers to receive visitors by 50 percent, which is the Hafia Center for the Conservation of the Mountain Environment and Wasit Center for Wetlands and Al Dhaid Center for Wildlife and Garden Geology in Al-Buhais and the centers of the Desert Park.
Al-Suwaidi stressed the authority’s concern for the safety of workers in its various reserves, as there are accommodations for workers that follow the stone for residents, which ensures that they do not mix with the external community and maintain their safety and the safety of visitors during the next stage, noting a proposal to provide portals for sterilization to receive visitors.
The meeting dealt with the mechanism of re-establishing the settlement of rental disputes, looking into the cases electronically, registering the new cases, and returning the procedures issued by the rental dispute settlement committees, with the exception of the debtor’s imprisonment and the related procedures.
Manal Al-Ataya, Director General of the Sharjah Museums Authority, dealt with a four-stage plan to reopen a group of museums in the Emirate of Sharjah after taking all preventive measures from sterilization and examining workers according to the directions of the Emirate of Sharjah to reopen the tourist and cultural destinations in the emirate.
The first phase begins with four museums, including the Museum of Islamic Civilization, the Sharjah Art Museum, the Sharjah Archeology Museum and the Sharjah Aquarium with a capacity of up to 50 percent in line with the directives. The second phase includes the Sharjah Maritime Museum, Al Mahatta Museum, Sharjah Old Cars Museum and Sharjah Fort.
The gifts indicated that the museums of this stage were chosen as they are compatible with the precautionary measures in providing all safety requirements for their large size and absorptive capacity that allows the possibility of divergence to be gradually expanded in the opening of heritage buildings during the coming stages, stressing keenness to assess the conditions and developments and deal with them in a manner that guarantees the safety of individuals.