By Gavin Gibbon
Authorities have warned 65 outlets and issued penalties to seven others
Twenty-one shops have been closed in Dubai and 65 outlets have been issued with warnings, while penalties have been issued to seven others, for failing to comply with precautionary measures during the partial reopening following the Covid-19 lockdown.
On Friday, Dubai announced a partial reduction in the restrictions on movement in the emirate.
The move, which coincided with the start of Ramadan, allowed people to move freely in the emirate for the first time since April 4, and saw the reopening of malls, cafes and restaurants under certain conditions.
However, the Commercial Compliance & Consumer Protection (CCCP) sector in Dubai Economy revealed companies had already broken the rules.
Shops shut down were in Frij Al Murar, Al Nakheel, International City, Hor Al Anz, Satwa, Al Rafaa, Souq Al Kabeer, Karama, Qusais, Al Nahda, and Al Barsha; their activities included shoe repairing, general trading, car accessories, aluminum trading, technical services, tailoring, mobile phone trading, mill, and workshop tools trading.
Violations were noticed during inspections by CCCP, which started with the market opening time in the morning and lasted until the markets closed.
Dubai Economy has urged traders to comply with the Covid-19 precautionary measures, which includes, wearing face masks and gloves, ensuring social distancing, and not resuming commercial activities during sterilisation hours (10pm – 6am) unless previous circulars exempted the activity from closing and allowed 24/7 operations.
Dubai Economy also called on consumers to report any non-compliance to the Covid-19 precautionary guidelines via the Dubai Consumer App available on Apple, Google, and Huawei stores, by calling 600545555, or on the Consumerrights.ae website.