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Coronavirus in UAE: Rule on facemask clarified


DUBAI – The UAE’s Attorney General clarified regulations on wearing face masks amid the coronavirus or Covid-19 pandemic, warning that violators will face a fine of Dh1,000.

Attorney General Dr Hamad Saif Al Shamsi said “only people who feel unwell or show symptoms [of coronavirus] must wear a mask”. In the UAE, an increasing number of people have begun to use facemasks when out in public.

Al Shamsi said that it is mandatory for the public to wear a facemask if they leave their homes to visit any indoor place or public place.

Earlier, the Roads and Transport Authority in Dubai also said that commuters using the Dubai Metro, buses, taxis and other public transport must wear facemasks.

Wear face masks when using Dubai Metro, bus and taxi, says RTA

Al Shamsi said there is a Dh1,000 penalty for failing to wear medical masks in indoor public areas, like supermarkets, pharmacies and hospitals.

Those who fail to maintain social distancing will also be fined Dh1,000, according to the attorney general. ICA/Expat Media

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