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Dubai: People who fail to comply with home quarantine instructions in the UAE will be subject to a fine up to Dh50,000 as per a new resolution.

The UAE Attorney General issued a resolution following the cabinet decision on Thursday on the list of sanctions for the precautionary measures taken to contain the spread of COVID-19.

In accordance with the new resolution, people who leave their homes for unnecessary reasons (i.e. except for work or buying necessities) will be slapped with a Dh2,000 fine.

Not wearing medical masks in enclosed spaces or failing to keep a safe distance will attract Dh1,000 fine.

Additionally, motorists who exceed the maximum limit of passengers in their cars (more than three) will be fined Dh1,000.

Dubai Police activated radars to track motorists violating traffic restrictions during the National Sterilisation Programme hours. Motorists should request permission before leaving homes for essential purposes by registering on Dubai Media Office/Dubai Police

The move comes as part of preventive and precautionary measures taken by the UAE to curb the spread of the COVID-19 and ensure the safety and wellbeing of residents and visitors. Violators of these precautions will face a fine ranging from Dh500 to Dh50,000.

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The fines will be doubled for those found to be repeating the violation. Offenders will thereafter be referred to the Emergency and Crisis Prosecution Department at the Federal Public Prosecution if the violation is committed for the third time.

The law will be effective as of March 26, 2020.

List of violations and fines

  • Dh50,000 fine for patients who refuse the compulsory hospitalization or continue to ingest prescribed medications despite being notified.
  • Dh50,000 fine for non-compliers with home quarantine instructions.
  • Dh50,000 and administrative closure for entities:
  • Violating the closure instructions of educational facilities, cinemas, gyms, clubs, malls, outdoor markets, parks, cafés, shopping centers and restaurants or for receiving customers.
  • Opening public parks, beaches, sports training centers, swimming pools and hotel pools without taking precautionary measures set by competent authorities -Failing to temporarily suspend cruise tours.
  • A fine of Dh500 will also be issued for visitors.
  • A Dh10,000 fine will be issued for whoever invites or organizes gatherings, meetings, private and public celebrations. Participants will also be fined Dh5,000.
  • Dh2,000 fine for violating precautionary measures issued by the Ministry of Health and Prevention by passengers coming to the UAE from countries affected by communicable diseases.
  • Dh3,000 fine for:
  • Failing to take proper health measures regarding regulation of markets, roads, and other public places exempted from temporally closure.
  • Refusing to dispose any temporally structure, clothes, luggage or others proved to be contaminated or might be contaminated by any pathogen if they can’t be disinfected by established methods.
  • Dh10,000 fine for failing to take a precautionary measures by the crew of ships.
  • Dh2,000 fine for people leaving their homes for unnecessary reasons.
  • Dh3,000 fine for violating the provisions of Communicable Diseases law when burying or transporting a dead body infected with communicable disease.
  • Dh1,000 fine for motorists who exceed the limit of passengers in their cars [more than three].
  • Dh1,000 fine for not wearing medical masks indoors or failing to keep a safe distance.
  • Dh5,000 fine for not following sterilization procedures in public transportation.
  • Dh1,000 fine for unnecessary visiting health facilities.
  • Dh5,000 fine for refusing to conduct a medical test upon request.