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Dubai residents unaffected by new UAE curfew timings

Curfew hours of 11pm to 6am still apply, according to Dubai Police

Dubai residents unaffected by new UAE curfew timings

People gather on the Jumeirah beach in Dubai on May 29, 2020, after the beaches and parks reopened to the public. (Photo: GIUSEPPE CACACE / AFP)

Residents in Dubai are unaffected by the UAE’s new curfew timings announced as part of the National Disinfection Programme.

On Friday, UAE’s Ministry of Health and Prevention, the Ministry of Interior and the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority announced that the National Disinfection Programme hours will be eased by two hours from Saturday, and will run from 10pm to 6am.

However, Dubai Police clarified the situation in the emirate and issued a statement reminding residents that anyone who leaves their residence without a permit between the hours of 11pm and 6am will be subject to a fine of AED3,000.

“A fine of AED3,000 for leaving home or travelling during curfew times announced by relevant authorities (11 p.m. – 6 a.m.), except for necessary and urgent matters such as buying food, medicine, and health emergencies where permits should be obtained from (http://dxbpermit.gov.ae/) prior to going outside. Workers within vital sectors are exempt from this violation,” Dubai Police said in a tweet.

The UAE’s National Disinfection Programme, which applies to all other emirates in the country, allows food retail outlets, cooperative societies, groceries, supermarkets and pharmacies 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.

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.

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