The National Disinfection Programme.
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DUBAI – The UAE’s National Disinfection Programme and curfew will begin at 8pm on Wednesday (May 20), but the curfew will be a couple of hours earlier in certain areas, according to the Interior Ministry.
The UAE authority said that while curfew and disinfection of UAE areas will take place daily from 8pm to 6am starting on Wednesday, it will be much earlier in industrial areas and workers’ accommodations.
According to the ministry, the disinfection campaign and curfew in industrial areas and workers’ accommodations will take place from 6pm to 6am, two hours earlier and longer than all other areas.
The new timings will be enforced until further notice.
Earlier this week, UAE authorities changed the timings for the National Disinfection Program as Ramadan ends.
During the 8pm to 6pm curfew, the public is expected to stay at home or risk getting fined Dh3,000. Those who need to go out to do essential work may apply for a permit online if they reside in Dubai or Abu Dhabi.
Meanwhile, shopping centres will open from 9am to 7pm during the Eid holidays, which is expected to start on May 22 or 23 depending on the moon sighting.
Adults above the age of 60 and children below 12 will not be allowed inside malls.
Food outlets, cooperatives, groceries, supermarkets and pharmacies can continue to operate 24 hours a day during the sterilisation program.
Butchers, vegetable and fruit shops, slaughter houses, fish stores, mills and confectionary shops, will be open from 6am to 8pm.
The disinfection programme was first announced by the Ministry of Health and Prevention and the Ministry of Interior on March 26. The programme completely restricts movement for traffic and the public, exempting only the vital business sectors.
Individuals are not allowed to leave their homes, except for essential day-to-day needs, such as buying groceries and medicine or to seek medical help, or if they work in the vital sectors that are exempt from these restrictions.
Meanwhile, Salem Al Zaabi, Acting Head of the Public Prosecution for Emergencies, Crises and Disasters, said violators of the UAE’s stay-home initiative and social distancing measures will be given bigger fines.
Anyone caught not wearing a mask in public will be fined Dh3,000. Those caught not following social distancing rules will also be fined Dh3,000. Curfew violators will also be fined Dh3,000. ICA/Expat Media
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