SEDD takes actions to protect Sharjah markets amid COVID-19 concerns

By Rahul Vaimal, Associate Editor
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The Sharjah Economic Development Department, SEDD, has published that it has increased health and safety control operations on businesses within the emirate to ensure the general public’s safety.

According to a statement issued by the department, all cinemas, amusement parks, amusement, and electronic games centers, bodybuilding, and fitness gyms are to close from 16th to 31st March 2020.

The SEDD noted that the decision was made issued in line with federal and local authorities’ recommendations to take all required precautions to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Commenting on the announcement, Salem Al Suwaidi, Deputy Director of Commercial Control and Protection Department at SEDD, said that the department is fit to deal with multiple situations and surfacing developments as part of its working structure to observe and control markets.

“These campaigns are meant to address any manipulation in raising the prices of medical masks, disinfectants, and other personal and safety equipment in the country. Likely, it works to prevent exploitation by raising prices, and works to inform merchants and sellers in those markets of the need to develop lists that clarify the prices of products to consumers,” Al Suwaidi explained.

He called on all consumers to report with the Department via its toll-free number, its social media accounts, or consumer protection website to report any consumer protection crimes or product price hikes.


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