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UAE revises Covid-19 fines to crack down on 'reckless behaviour'

Failing to wear a mask in public now carries a fine of AED3,000; violators will be named and shamed in media

UAE revises Covid-19 fines to crack down on 'reckless behaviour'

UAE announced the extension of its national sterilisation lockdown hours, to run from 8pm to 6am, from Wednesday.

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."

Fines include:

  • AED50,000 fine for whoever doesn't do home quarantine and doesn't repeat tests as requested.
  • AED50,000 fine for anyone who doesn't adhere to quarantine.
  • AED10,000 fines for anyone who has or had Covid-19 and refuses to download app used for Covid-19 tracing.
  • AED20,000: fine for anyone who has or had Covid-19 that tries to tamper with tracking device or app installed by authorities.
  • AED50,000 fine educational institutions, cinemas or gym or open air stores or parks, or beaches or pools, or supermarkets who do not adhere to coronavirus measures.
  • AED5,000 for the person in charge of the opening of above.
  • AED20,000 fine if whoever is responsible for an entity that doesn't have a thermal camera in place.
  • Organisers of gatherings fined AED10,000 and participants AED5,000 each.
  • Car travel fine: if more than three people in one car, unless it is one family will be fined AED3,000.
  • AED3,000 fine for not wearing mask in public.
  • AED3,000 for anyone not adhering to social distancing.
  • AED3,000 fine for breaking the curfew.
  • AED30,000 for holding private classes.
  • AED20,000 fine for anyone who publishes private patient info.

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.

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