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Around 100 Dubai beachgoers fined for failing to follow Covid-19 rules

Dubai Police and Dubai Municipality have carried out increased patrols since beaches reopened on Friday

Around 100 Dubai beachgoers fined for failing to follow Covid-19 rules

Beaches at JBR, Al Mamzar, Jumeirah and Umm Seqeim only reopened to the public on Friday.

Dubai Police fined around 100 beachgoers in Dubai for not following the strict precautionary measures against the spread of coronavirus.

Beaches at JBR, Al Mamzar, Jumeirah and Umm Seqeim only reopened to the public on Friday, but the emirate’s police force, in cooperation with Dubai Municipality, revealed that action has been taken against people for not wearing masks and violating social distancing.

People were caught as a result of increased patrols and monitoring from the authorities.

“We recorded about 100 violations in the first three days or the reopening for people who weren’t wearing masks and weren’t leaving a safe distance between them and other beachgoers,” said Lieutenant Ahmad Al Marzouqi from the Beaches Security Section at Ports Police station.

“At the beginning of the reopening, people weren’t following the precautionary measures. But after issuing the fines, people started complying with the precautionary measures.”

Failure to wear a face mask carries a AED3,000 fine, with the same amount applicable for anyone not adhering to social distancing guidelines.

Al Marzouqi said: “The most important thing now is social distancing for at least two metres and wearing masks after coming out of the sea.”

The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHaP) announced 596 new cases of coronavirus on Tuesday after conducting over 35,000 additional Covid-19 tests.

According to the ministry, the new cases are in a “stable” condition and are receiving medical treatment. It takes the total number of cases in the country up to 35,788.

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