While many businesses are permitted to reopen and some restrictions were eased, there are many rules and penalties still in place. Previously, UAE officials provided media briefing to remind citizens and residents have to adhere to safety measures designed to prevent a second wave of infections.
Salem Al Zaabi, Acting Director of the Federal Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Prosecution, highlighted the importance of all precautionary measures and asked UAE residents to continue to follow them, otherwise, they can face some penalties:
• AED 10,000 for organizing gatherings and inviting people;
• AED 5,000 for attending a gathering as a guest;
• AED 3,000 for not wearing a face mask in public;
• AED 3,000 for having more than three passengers in a vehicle, unless you are family;
• AED 3,000 per person, plus AED 5,000 for the institution for not maintaining social distancing at work or other places, including shops and restaurants;
• AED 5,000 for the company, plus AED 500 for the employee who not wearing a face mask at work;
• AED 30,000 for the tutor, plus AED 20,000 for the host private tutoring;
• AED 50,000 for failing to comply with home quarantine rules;
• AED 10,000 for failing to download the Alhosn app (provided positive result to COVID-19);
• AED 5,000 for refusing to do a COVID-19 test if it required.
People, who violate repeatedly restrictions, will have to pay a doubled penalty. “Third-time offenders will be subject to legal action and could face imprisonment for up to six months and an increased fine of AED 100,000”, added Al Zaabi.
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