The Ministry of Interior has called upon members of the public to stay at home except in cases of absolute necessity. Failing to do so could mean hefty fines and jail time.
While the government strongly urges everyone to stay home, you are permitted to leave your house for the purpose of getting essential supplies, such as food and medicine, or going to work.
“The measures are part of the precautionary and preventive steps taken by the UAE to contain the coronavirus, COVID-19, and ensure safety and wellbeing of UAE citizens, residents and visitors,” the Ministry said in a statement.
The general public are also called upon to use their own family cars with a maximum of three individuals per car. People are also called upon to not visit public places and maintain social distancing protocols during family gatherings, where face masks should be worn as part of the precautionary measures.
The Ministry also insists that the general public not visit hospitals except for critical and emergency cases and to use face masks for public health safety.
The UAE law on communicable diseases, which includes fines and jail terms, will be enforced against all violators.
Residents, citizens and visitors should adhere to preventive measures, follow news updates on the health developments from official government sources, disregard rumours and avoid circulating unverified information.
“Violators will be subject to legal actions,” the Ministry affirmed.
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Source: Emirates News Agency