Curfew Extended, New Fines in Force

The Ministry of Health has announced the UAE curfew will continue until Sunday, April 5th, supported by a list of new fines for individuals, businesses and organisations that put others at risk as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.
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The Ministry of Health has announced the UAE curfew will continue until Sunday, April 5th.

A ministry spokesperson said the disinfection programme has been extended for an additional week, which means the curfew from 8 pm to 6 am will continue until Sunday April 5th at 6 am.

During the day, traffic and other 'public movement' may continue as normal, although with public parks, beaches, sports training centers, swimming pools, hotel pools, educational facilities, cinemas, gyms, clubs, malls, outdoor markets, parks, cafés, shopping centers and restaurants closed, going out has been disincentivised by the UAE authorities. Companies too have been requested to ensure at least 80% of their workforce are working from home.

To help prevent the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus UAE residents and citizens have been asked to limit going out except for shopping essentials and to visit the pharmacy.

During curfew hours residents can request permission to leave home only for essential purposes. Citizens and residents can request permission via a new website, move.gov.ae

Those who leave their homes without the proper authorisation, face fines. These were listed by the UAE's Attorney General on Friday 27th March.

The key fines for individuals:

AED 500 will also be issued for visitors to public parks, beaches, sports training centers, swimming pools, hotel pools, educational facilities, cinemas, gyms, clubs, malls, outdoor markets, parks, cafés, shopping centers and restaurants, that have open without proper authorisation.

AED 2,000 fine for people leaving their homes for unnecessary reasons, during the curfew.

AED 1,000 fine for motorists who exceeding three people in one car.

AED 1,000 fine for unnecessary visiting health facilities.

AED 1,000 fine for not wearing medical masks indoors or failing to keep a safe distance. This is only mandatory for people suffering from chronic diseases and those with flu symptoms.

AED 5,000 fine for refusing to conduct a medical test upon request.

AED 50,000 fine for non-compliers with home quarantine instructions.

An AED 10,000 fine for whoever invites or organizes gatherings, meetings, private and public celebrations. Participants fined AED 5,000.

An AED 50,000 fine for patients who refuse compulsory hospitalisation or continue to ingest prescribed medications despite being notified.

The UAE's Health Ministry recorded 72 new cases of Covid-19 on Friday March 27th, and 63 on Saturday March 28th, bringing in the total in the UAE to 468.

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