Abu Dhabi residents must now have a green pass on their Alhosn app to enter public places such as shopping malls and supermarkets in the city. Authorities made this announcement last week and said that they have been training the staff regarding this rule.
About The Green Pass Rule
The green color code on the Alhosn app is an indication of the completion of the vaccine doses or a negative PCR test. If these criteria don’t apply, and the test validity has expired, the app may show grey or red.
This exception for green pass holders only pertains to those who are older than 16 years. It applies to crowded public areas such as gyms, cinemas and entertainment centers, museums, restaurants, hotels and cafes, public parks and beaches, private beaches and swimming pools, shopping malls, and supermarkets.
Those who run malls have said that they intend to showcase information about this new green pass rule at entry points. More security guards would be employed at points of entry to execute this requirement from June 15, Tuesday when the rule will come into being. These trained security teams will practice fast and efficient confirmation of the visitors’ green pass status so that there are no delays.
What The Different Malls In Abu Dhabi Are Doing
Aravind Ravi, General Manager of Mushrif Mall and The Market had mentioned that their security guards have been well equipped to manage shoppers. They will make sure to check the Alhosn app and verify that only green pass holders get inside the mall. This is estimated to take not more than 5-10 seconds, thereby preventing long queues and hold-ups at the entrance.
At this point, to ensure everyone’s safety, strict social distancing will also be made to follow at the mall. To save even more time and ensure that customers don’t visit these places without the pass on the Alhosn app, the authorities held awareness campaigns since Monday, June 14. They used their social media accounts and posters inside parking lots to update customers about this rule.
To successfully implement it, Marina Mall’s security department has taken specific measures, according to Melvin Mathew from its marketing and communications department. One of the main steps was to have more staff at entrances for the greater convenience of the visitors. The security guards will determine the green pass holders and these areas also display information about the new procedures.
Similarly, the Lulu Group’s marketing and communications director V. Nandakumar also mentioned that their security staff has been trained for ensuring customer’s green pass status. Additionally, they have also decided to work with some healthcare companies to provide free PCR tests in the mall premises for visitors. All of this will be effective from June 15 at all Lulu Mall branches.
The General Manager of Khalidiyah said the same, stating that they will implement these measures from Tuesday morning. They will also be deploying queue managers and security guards to prevent the wastage of time. The CFO of Dalma Mall, Bhupinder Singh, said that they are preparing and placing security guards to follow the new protocol. He also said that the officials at the mall have plans to reach out to the government in an attempt to introduce electronic systems at entrances for confirmation of green pass status.