By Staff writer
Failing to wear a mask in public now carries a fine of AED3,000; violators will be named and shamed in media
UAE public prosecutions has issued a raft of new fines in a bid to crack down on what has been described as “reckless behaviour” from people ignoring government restrictions surrounding the spread of coronavirus.
Fines range from AED3,000 for anyone who doesn’t wear a face mask in public, to AED50,000 for people who fail to home quarantine.
Permission has also been granted to name and shame violators through media outlets.
It comes as the UAE announced the extension of its national sterilisation lockdown hours, to run from 8pm to 6am, from Wednesday.
Salem Al Zaabi, acting head of the public prosecution for emergencies, crises and disasters said: "We have noticed reckless behaviour from certain individuals, violating instructions. This has big repercussions.
"It appears that 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."
Al Zaabi added that repeat offenders face a minimum AED100,000 fine and maximum six-month prison sentence.
The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) announced four more people died as a result of Covid-19 infections in its daily update on Monday night.
In addition, it was revealed that there are 832 new cases - up from the 731 cases announced on Sunday.
The new cases bring the total number of cases in the country to 24,190, while a total of 224 people have died in the UAE from Covid-19.