Exempt sectors, public transport and jail time: all the details surrounding the government's preventative measures against Covid-19
As Dubai extends its lockdown and National Sterilisation Programme over 24 hours for two weeks in a bid to combat the spread of Covid-19, here is everything you need to know:
All individuals leaving the house must wear a mask and gloves, and ensure they keep a safe distance from others.
However, they are only allowed to leave their homes for essential purposes, such as buying food or medicine - with only one member permitted to leave the house for this purpose - and getting medical assistance from healthcare service providers including hospitals, clinics and pharmacies.
Those working in vital sectors are also exempt from the lockdown and are permitted to leave their house at any time of the day to commute to work, but must have a proof of identification and work ID with them at all times.
The vital sectors that are exempt are:
- Healthcare services (hospitals, clinics and pharmacies)
- Food supply outlets (Union Cooperative outlets, supermarkets, groceries)
- Restaurants (operations limited to home deliveries only)
- Manufacturers of medicines and providers of healthcare and medical supplies
- Industrial sector (vital industries only)
- Water and electricity sector, petrol and gas stations and district cooling services
- Telecommunications sector
- Media sector
- Airports, airlines, ports, shipping
- Customs duty and border crossings
- Public and private security services
- Municipality services and public and private service providers involved in garbage collection, sewage management and general cleaning and sanitization
- Private and government sector organisations involved in combating Covid-19
- Public transport limited to buses and taxis only, as metro services have been suspended. Moreover, the Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced its public bus services will be free of charge during the extended two-week sterilisation period, and that its Dubai Taxi vehicles and franchised taxis will offer a 50 percent discount on normal fares.
- Construction sector, subject to obtaining a permit from Dubai Municipality and the Permanent Committee for Labour Affairs
- Industrial supply chain for services and basic commodities
- Employees in the following support sectors are allowed to operate between 8am and 2pm:
- Banking and financial services including exchange centers
- Social welfare services
- Laundry services (for permitted outlets) and maintenance services
Anyone violating the restrictions will face stringent legal action including hefty fines and jail time.
Meanwhile, the UAE is increasing its medical tests for Covid-19, particularly across densely populated areas of Dubai.