Dubai Municipality carries out street sterilisation amid coronavirus outbreak

Dubai Municipality launched an 11-day disinfection campaign on Friday to begin cleaning and sterilising the streets and roads of the emirate as part of its measures against the coronavirus. (Dubai Media Office)
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Updated 21 March 2020

Dubai Municipality carries out street sterilisation amid coronavirus outbreak

  • Program will cover 95 roads and will last until the end of the month

DUBAI: Dubai Municipality launched an 11-day disinfection campaign on Friday to begin cleaning and sterilising the streets and roads of the emirate, as part of its precautionary measures against the coronavirus.

Director General of Dubai Municipality Dawood Al Hajiri, said the campaign was part of the efforts of Dubai Government to ensure the highest level of safety possible, and would be carried out in accordance with the guidelines of the World Health Organization.

He said the Municipality was committed to implementing all measures necessary to face the "exceptional situation" in collaboration with other sectors in Dubai, as part of a dedicated plan to protect the health and safety of the public.

He called on the general public not to gather at sites where disinfection operations were taking place.

The 11-day drive conducted in collaboration with Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), Dubai Police and Civil Defense, and other relevant authorities in Dubai, will last till the end of the month.

The campaign, which began on Al Rigga Street under the supervision of Dubai Municipality officials, will cover at least 95 roads.

Specialized sanitisation and disinfection teams will use spraying machines to sterilise trucks and cars, and disinfectant fogging machines, steam cleaning machines and disinfectant sprayer compressed machines to sterilise roads. 

On Friday, teams conducted sterilisation in Naif St, Al Rigga St, Al Murraqabat St, Baniyas St, Al Khor St, Al Rasheed St, Abu Hail St, Al Maktoum St, Al Quds St, Al Nahda St and Port Saeed St.

On March 21, cleaning and sterilisation was conducted in key areas including Hor Al Anz, Abu Baqer Al Siddiqui Street, and Beirut Street.

On March 23, Dubai Municipality will clean and sterilise Al Seef Street, Jumeirah, Al Manara, Al Wasl, Financial Centre Street and neighbouring areas. By March 30, every street in the Emirate will have undergone the cleaning and sterilisation process. 


Dubai clarifies rules on wearing face masks in public

Updated 9 min 28 sec ago

Dubai clarifies rules on wearing face masks in public

  • The clarification comes as Dubai eases public mobility restrictions and allowing businesses to resume operation

DUBAI: Children under the age of the six, the disabled, and those who have respiratory problems are exempt from wearing face masks in public areas, Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management has clarified.

The new guidelines come as Dubai returns to normal life – easing public mobility restrictions and allowing businesses to resume operation.

People are allowed to temporarily remove their masks if they are driving alone or with family members, according to the new guideline, adding those who are eating or drinking, and engaging in exercise or medical treatments are also permitted to remove their masks.