UAE urges public to stay home, use face masks if absolutely necessary to go out

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UAE calls on public to stay at home amid Covid-19 pandemic

 

ABU DHABI – The UAE government has called upon the public to stay at home unless it is absolutely necessary to get essential supplies, such as food and medicine, or perform essential jobs.

Authorities also urged everyone not to visit hospitals, except for critical or emergency cases and to use face masks, according to state news agency WAM.

In a joint statement, the Ministry of Interior and the National Emergency and Crisis and Disasters Management Authority urged UAE citizens, residents, visitors and all those living in the nation, to comply with the instructions and guidelines issued by competent health and security authorities, primarily limiting social contacts and avoiding crowded places to ensure their safety and wellbeing.

“The public is also urged to use their own family cars with a maximum of three individuals per vehicle. They are also advised not to visit public places and maintain social distancing protocols during family gatherings as part of the precautionary measures taken to ensure public health and safety,” added the statement.

“Additional instructions will be issued later involving the use of public transport, taxis and other means of transportation,” said the statement.

The UAE law on communicable diseases, which includes fines and jail terms, will be enforced against all violators, added the statement.

The Ministry of Interior also clarified that wearing masks is recommended only for individuals suffering from chronic diseases and those with flu symptoms.WAM/Expat Media

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