DUBAI: Dubai announced a two-week lockdown on Saturday so that the emirate could be disinfected around the clock to fight the spread of coronavirus.
There will be “strict restrictions on movement across the city and legal action” will be taken against violators, Dubai Media Office said.
The measure is effective from 8:00p.m. on Saturday for a period of two weeks.
Supermarkets and pharmacies will be allowed to operate normally and food and medicine deliveries will continue uninterrupted.
Extensive medical testing will be carried out in densely populated areas of the city to stop the spread of the virus and citizens and residents are urged to stay at home.
People can go out only to buy food, receive health care and get tested for coronavirus provided they wear a mask, gloves and maintain social distancing. Shopping should be done by one member of the family only.
Employees in vital sectors are permitted to leave the house at any time to go to work.
The metro and tram services in Dubai will be suspended but buses and taxis will continue to operate.
Bus transportation will be free during the lockdown and a 50% discount on taxi rides will be offered.
Meanwhile, Abu Dhabi on Saturday extended the temporary closure of commercial centres, shopping malls, cinemas, arcades and other places of entertainment in the emirate until further notice.