Abu Dhabi skyline
General view of Abu Dhabi skyline. Image Credit: REUTERS

Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi will prevent movement in and outside the emirate as of Tuesday, June 2 for a period of one week, it was announced on Sunday.

The announcement was made by the Abu Dhabi Emergencies and Crisis management committee for the COVID-19 pandemic, in collaboration with Abu Dhabi Police and SEHA.

“A ban on movement entering and exiting the emirate and between its regions [Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Al Dhafra] starting from Tuesday June 2 for one week,” Abu Dhabi Media office tweeted.

The ban includes all residents including UAE nationals, however, movement within each region is allowed during the national Sterilisation Programme hours.

“Exemptions are available by special permit for employees in vital sectors, chronic disease patients visiting hospitals and the transportation of necessary goods,” the tweet added.

The step described by Abu Dhabi Media office, to enhance the effectiveness of the National Screening Programme, in line with a series of precautionary measures being taken to reduce contact, curb the spread of COVID-19, and protect the health and safety of all community members.

On Saturday May 30, 2020, the National Disinfection Programme timings were revised to run from 10pm until 6am instead of 8pm to 6am in Abu Dhabi and other emirates except Dubai.

The decision has been approved and announced by the Ministry of Health and Prevention, Ministry of the Interior and the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA).