UAE extends disinfection programme & imposes fines for non-compliance

Siobháin Spear
Mar 29, 2020

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) has extended the National Disinfection Programme until April 4, 2020.

In a statement released today, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) has said that National Disinfection Programme will continue until April 4, 2020. According to WAM, the Ministry has commended the compliance of all UAE nationals, residents, and visitors with their efforts thus far in taking the precautionary measures to contain the COVID-19 outbreak.

Residents urged to stay at home

COVID-19 National Disinfection Programme
National Disinfection Programme is carried out in the UAE | Via: Dubai Media Office

The sanitization drive will continue to be carried out daily, between 8pm and 6am, during which time the movement of traffic and the public will be restricted.

“The decision aims to ensure public health, a top priority of the UAE government,” added the Ministry, noting that restrictions will continue to cover public and private facilities, streets, public transportation, metro trains, and trams.

“All food retail outlets, including cooperative societies, groceries, and supermarkets, in addition to pharmacies, will continue to operate and serve the public during the programme,” added the statement.

All community members are urged to stay home during the hours of 8pm and 6am unless it is absolutely necessary, with ‘essential’ trips being considered as necessary food supplies, medical supplies or to perform essential jobs in vital sectors.

According to WAM, the ‘vital’ sectors jobs are those in energy, communication, health, education, security, police, military, postal, freight, pharmaceutical, water, food, civil aviation, airport, passport, finance and banking and government media sectors. In addition to the services sector, gas stations and construction projects were included in the list of vital sectors. It is important that those who do need to carry out essential jobs carry their relevant ID cards as the authorities will be conducting the necessary checks.

Fines for non-compliance

To assist in its efforts to contain the novel coronavirus, The National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) has announced that there will be penalties and fines for those found to be breaking the restriction guidelines that have been put in place for the health and safety of the community.

Releasing a series of tweets regarding the fines and penalties, The National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) has stated that there will be a AED 50,000 fine issued for non-compliance with home quarantine guidelines.

You can find further information regarding COVID-19 on the NCEMA webite.

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