A total of 721 fines have been issued against Dubai beach goers for soaking in the sun and sand without adhering to Covid-19 safety rules and police said the fines were issued from March through 20 September.
Colonel Saeed Al-Madhani, Acting Director of the Dubai Ports Police Station, said that the force would not tolerate residents' violation of procedures put in place to preserve the safety of residents.
Beaches and parks in the emirate reopened on May 30 - after weeks of being closed as a precaution against the spread of the virus.
Beachgoers are required to wear a face mask, maintain adequate social distancing, and not go in groups of more than five, except for members of the same family. Failure to wear a mask and not guarantee distance is punishable by a fine of 3,000 dirhams.
Colonel Al-Madhani said the police are using multiple methods to ensure compliance. Bicycle, boat and drone patrols are used to keep an eye on beachgoers. "The drones used by the police are equipped with cameras that can take pictures during the day and at night," the officer said.
The announcement of the fines comes as authorities across the country have stepped up inspections against Covid safety rule violators. On Tuesday, the Dubai economy said it imposed a fine on four companies - three for employees who did not wear masks and one for not ensuring social distancing. The authority also warned 18 others not to put up physical distance stickers.
On Monday, authorities in Dubai and Ajman ordered the closure of 11 companies and imposed fines on nine others.