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From parties to social distancing: UAE announces list of fines for breaking coronavirus restrictions

Penalties were announced by the UAE Attorney General and cover a multitude of violations

From parties to social distancing: UAE announces list of fines for breaking coronavirus restrictions

UAE announced a AED1,000 for not wearing medical masks indoors by individuals suffering from chronic diseases, and those showing cold and flu symptoms or failing to maintain social distancing.

The UAE Attorney General, Counselor Hamad Saif Al Shamsi, on Friday, March 27 announced a new set of fines for those violating directives from the government regarding measures to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, according to a report by the state news agency WAM on Saturday.

Under resolution No. (38) for 2020, under cabinet decision No. 17 of 2020, the list of 15 fines include:

- AED50,000 ($13,614) fine for violating mandatory hospitalisation by patients who directly refuse to receive or continue prescribed medicines despite being instructed. Concerned entities or specialists may contact relevant authorities to enforce the decision.

- AED50,000 fine for non-compliance with home quarantine instructions and refusing to take the test again as per health protocols.

-AED5,000 fine for the executive in charge of managing a company or a facility that violates the sterilisation measures of public or private means of transportation.

-AED1,000 fine for unnecessarily visiting health facilities.

-AED5,000 fine for refusing to subject to a medical test upon request.

- AED3,000 fine for any person leaving his home for unnecessary reasons except for performing vital jobs or buying essential necessities.

- AED50,000 fine and administrative closure for failing to temporarily suspend an establishment.

-AED500 fine will be issued for a customer visiting such an establishment.

- AED50,000 fine and administrative closure for violating the closure instructions of educational institutions, cinemas, gyms, sports clubs, malls, outdoor markets, parks, cafés, shopping centres and restaurants and others or for receiving customers.

- A visitor to such establishments will be slapped with fine of AED500.

- AED10,000 fine for whoever invites or organises gatherings, meetings, private and public celebrations or being present in groups at public places or private farms.

- Participants to such events will also be slapped a fine of AED5,000.

- AED2,000 fine for violating precautionary measures issued by the Ministry of Health and Prevention by passengers coming to the UAE from countries infected by a communicable disease.

- AED3,000 fine for failing to take proper health measures regarding regulation of markets, roads, and other public places exempted from temporally closure.

- AED3,000 fine for refusing an order to dispose of any stuff, clothes, luggage or others proved to be contaminated or might be contaminated by any pathogen if they can’t be disinfected by established procedures.

- AED10,000 fine for failing to take precautionary measures for the crew of shelter ships.

- AED3,000 fine for violating the executive regulations of the Law on Communicable Diseases when burying or transporting a dead body infected with a communicable disease.

- AED1,000 fine for a motorist who exceeds the number of passengers in his car (more than three persons per car).

-AED1,000 for not wearing medical masks indoors by individuals suffering from chronic diseases, and those showing cold and flu symptoms or failing to maintain social distancing.

According to the resolution, the fines will be doubled for those found to be repeating the violation.

New website

Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management has launched a new website through which residents can request permission to leave home during the National Sterilisation Programme for essential purposes, it was announced on Saturday.

The website – move.gov.ae – allows people to request permission to go out during the sterilization campaign, which will take place daily over the weekend between 8 PM and 6 AM through the morning of Sunday, March 29.

Only people who have registered on the website and received approval will be allowed to leave home.

However, those working in vital fields – such as energy, communications, medical, police, army, pharmaceuticals, electricity, water and media – will be allowed to go out without registering, although they should carry Emirates ID and work ID to present for verification.

To register, users will need to register their phone number, after which they will receive an OPT code via SMS to complete the process.

Users will be asked to enter their Emirates ID, car registration, details of their purpose and destination and time of trip.

Once the process is complete, users will receive an SMS confirming registration.

Authorities have called on residents to comply with the directives and has warned that those who do not face legal repercussions.

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