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UAE authorities ease lockdown timings to run from 10pm to 6am

Decision exempts camel racing tracks, which will open from 10pm to 5am

UAE authorities ease lockdown timings to run from 10pm to 6am

Residents who do not adhere to the stay at home orders face fines of AED3,000.

Curfew timings in the UAE as part of the National Disinfection Programme, have been eased by two hours and will run from 10pm to 6am from Saturday, according to the Ministry of Health and Prevention, the Ministry of Interior, and the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority.

The curfew had previously run from 8pm to 6am.

The decision exempts camel racing tracks, which will open from 10pm to 5am, according to a report on state-run news agency WAM.

Food retail outlets, cooperative societies, groceries, supermarkets and pharmacies will be allowed to operate around the clock.

The three authorities stressed that these outlets should adhere to safety and health measures and preventive instructions. The number of shoppers should not exceed 30 percent of the total capacity of the store, and they must maintain a safe social distance of two metres in order to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

Members of the public are also urged to stay at home unless absolutely necessary to go out to get essential food supplies and medicine or for work in vital sectors specified by authorities.

The authorities added that public gatherings or family visits are still banned, while face masks and gloves must be worn when leaving the home.

Residents who do not adhere to the stay at home orders face fines of AED3,000.

The UAE has reported a total of 33,170 cases and 260 deaths from the Covid-19 virus.

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