A senior official said that the authorities in the United Arab Emirates have noticed an increase in the number of violations of preventive measures for Covid 19 after lifting restrictions on night traffic.
This includes failing to wear masks, hosting gatherings, and not adhering to social spacing guidelines.
Salem Al Zaabi, Deputy Chief Prosecutor of the Federal Public Prosecution and Crisis Committee at the Federal Public Prosecutor’s Office, said: “After the completion of the national sterilization program, we have unfortunately noticed an increase in violations of safety and health instructions set by the government of the United Arab Emirates to limit the spread of COFED 19.”
Last week, the authorities announced lifting all restrictions on movement, allowing residents to leave their homes at any time of the day. Earlier, they had to stay home during the times of the national sterilization program between 11 pm and 6 am in Dubai and 10 pm and 6 am in all other emirates.
Al-Zaabi warned that those who do not adhere to safety measures face fines and even imprisonment. "The fine will be doubled for those found to repeat the violation. Violators may face for the third time a prison sentence of up to six months and / or a fine of a minimum of 100,000 dirhams."
The official stressed that gatherings are still prohibited in all places in the country, including homes, offices, farms, and shopping malls.
He said that family visits should be limited to first-degree family members only.
"Since the Public Prosecution is keen to preserve the gains that have been achieved so far, the list of fines and penalties - as announced earlier - is still valid," he said.
Al-Zaabi said: "We urge citizens and residents to adhere to the instructions issued by the UAE health and security authorities and to follow the guidelines for social separation."
And Dr. Amna Al-Dahhak Al-Shamsi, a spokeswoman for the Emirates government, urged residents to do their part to maintain the country's security. "As we gradually return to normalcy, it is the responsibility of every citizen and resident to follow up on precautionary measures to ensure the safety and well-being of society."