After long discussions, UAE government has decided to extend the National Sterilisation Programme hours. Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management observes a positive impact of the sterilization program aimed at curbing the spread of coronavirus, COVID-19.
It is clear that the movement of UAE residents will still be permitted between 06:00 AM and 08:00 PM each day for essentials such as groceries and medicinal supplies. However, UAE introduces tougher fines, as “…some people in society are being irresponsible and the insistence of some on not respecting what is requested, thus the public prosecutor has amended the list of fines and penalties”.
At the same time, Dr. Saif Al Dhaheri, the official spokesman for the National Authority for Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Management asked people celebrating Eid to avoid gatherings with families and connect with each other online or by phone.
All pharmacies and supermarkets will be open for 24 hours. Shops selling tea, coffee, chocolate and other artisan goods permitted to remain open from 06:00 AM to 08:00 PM.
Amended list of fines for individuals:
• AED 50,000 fine for non-compliance with home quarantine instructions or in a private quarantine facility and doesn’t repeat tests as required
• AED 500 fine for an employee not wearing masks in the office
• AED 3,000 fine for not following social distance
• AED 50,000 fine for anyone who doesn’t adhere to home quarantine
• AED 3,000 fine for not wearing a mask in public and if traveling in a vehicle with others
• AED 3,000 fine for traveling in a vehicle with more than three people
• AED 3,000 fine for moving between emirates during the hours of the National Sterilisation Programme (08:00 PM to 06:00 AM)
• AED 20,000 fine for hacking Alhosn app during a quarantine
• AED 10,000 fine for individuals, has or had COVID-19 and reject downloading Alhosn tracing app
• AED 10,000 fine for damaging or lost smart devices during the quarantine
Updated list of penalties for institutions and private entrepreneurs:
• AED 50,000 fine for educational institutions, cinemas or gym or open-air stores or parks, or beaches or pools, or supermarkets who do not follow the preventive measures
• AED 5,000 for the company, if its employees not wearing masks
• AED 50,000 fine and a compulsory closure of one month for hotels who have violations with visitors
• AED 30,000 fine for those, who hold private classes
• AED 20,000 fine for anyone publishing private patient information
• AED 20,000 fine for not placing thermal screening cameras where it is required
• AED 10,000 fine for organizers of gatherings and an AED 5,000 fine for its attendees
• AED 10,000 fine for non-complying with the temporary suspension of tourist cruises
In the case of a repeat violation, an individual will face a maximum AED 100,000 fine and a potential six-month prison sentence, said Salem Al Zaabi, acting chief prosecutor of the Emergencies and Disasters Prosecution.
During Eid break, malls, shopping centers, and stores will be open from 09:00 AM to 07:00 PM according to the recent changes.
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