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Covid-19: Permit needed for all 'essential purposes' travel in Dubai

Dubai on Friday night announced that it is extending its lockdown and National Sterilisation Programme for two weeks in a bid to combat the spread of Covid-19

Covid-19: Permit needed for all 'essential purposes' travel in Dubai
Dubai has extended its lockdown for a renewable two weeks amid rising Covid-19 cases 

All members of the public in Dubai looking to leave their home for essential purposes must apply for a permit to do so, the Members Supreme Committee of Crisis & Disaster Management has clarified. 

People can apply for the movement permit on the new website or call the hotline 800737648 for enquiries.

Individuals are only allowed to leave their homes for essential purposes, such as buying food or medicine, and getting medical assistance from healthcare service providers including hospitals, clinics and pharmacies.

In line with measures to fight the pandemic, the UAE government announced that all individuals leaving the house must wear a mask and gloves, and ensure they keep a safe distance from others.

Sectors exempt

Those who commuting to work - and included in one of the exempt sectors - must get a letter from their employer, stating their movement to and from work. 

The vital sectors that are exempt include: healthcare services, food supply outlets, restaurants, manufacturers of medicines and providers of healthcare and medical supplies, industrial sector, water and electricity sector, petrol and gas stations and district cooling services, telecommunications sector, media sector, airports, airlines, ports, shipping, customs duty and border crossings, public and private security services, municipality services and public and private service providers involved in garbage collection, sewage management and general cleaning and sanitization, private and government sector organisations involved in combating Covid-19, construction sector and industrial supply chain for services and basic commodities.

Employees in banking and financial services, social welfare services and laundry services and maintenance services are allowed to operate between 8am and 2pm, while the public transport is limited to buses and taxis only, as metro services have been suspended.

The punishment for anyone violating the restrictions will face stringent legal action including hefty fines and jail time.

Dubai on Friday night announced that it is extending its lockdown and National Sterilisation Programme for two weeks in a bid to combat the spread of Covid-19, which has affected over 1.2 million people around the world, and killed nearly 64,000 others. In the UAE, the total number of coronavirus cases is currently 1,798, with 10 deaths.

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