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UAE urges people to stay at home unless 'absolute necessary'

People asked to limit cars to maximum of three people

UAE urges people to stay at home unless 'absolute necessary'

UAE authorities also urged everyone not to visit hospitals except for critical or emergency cases and to use face masks.


The UAE government has urged the public to stay at home unless it's absolutely necessary to buy essential supplies, such as food and medicine, or perform essential jobs.

In a joint statement, the UAE’s Ministry of Interior and the National Emergency and Crisis and Disasters Management Authority urged UAE citizens, residents and visitors to comply with the instructions and guidelines, which is aimed at limiting social contact between people and avoiding crowded places.

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"The public are also urged to use their own family cars with a maximum of three individuals per vehicle. They are also advised not to visit public places and maintain social distancing protocols during family gatherings as part of the precautionary measures taken to ensure public health and safety," added the statement.

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The two authorities also urged everyone not to visit hospitals except for critical or emergency cases and to use face masks.

"Additional instructions will be issued later involving the use of public transport, taxis and other means of transportation," said the statement.

The UAE law on communicable diseases, which includes fines and jail terms, will be enforced against all violators, the statement added.

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