UAE to shorten COVID-19 prevention curfew by two hours

A young boy prepares to fly a kite on a public beach with the Burj Al-Arab hotel behind him in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Friday, May 29, 2020. (AP/Jon Gambrell)
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Updated 29 May 2020

UAE to shorten COVID-19 prevention curfew by two hours

  • The curfew, officially called “the national sanitization program,” will run from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m as of Saturday
  • The country has reported a total of 33,170 cases and 260 deaths from the disease

DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates will shorten a nightly curfew meant to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus by two hours from Saturday by two hours, the country’s Emirates News Agency said on Friday.

The curfew, officially called “the national sanitization program,” will run from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m as of Saturday. It currently starts at 8 p.m. and ends at 6 a.m.

The country has reported a total of 33,170 cases and 260 deaths from the disease.

Last month, emirates began issuing movement permits as the sterilization project continued.

People had to apply to be allowed to leave their homes.


UAE warns of $13,600 fine for returnees who break quarantine rules

Updated 16 July 2020

UAE warns of $13,600 fine for returnees who break quarantine rules

  • Quarantine period vary from seven days to 14, depending on where the returnees are coming from

DUBAI: UAE residents who are returning from overseas must comply with quarantine rules or face a fine of $13,600, local daily Gulf News has reported.
The government earlier announced it would ease travel restrictions to a number of countries, with airlines set to resume operations by Aug. 1.
The National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (NCEMA) said those who are returning to the UAE “should follow federal and local guidelines for COVID-19,” including quarantine and test procedures.
Returnees coming from low-risk countries are required to isolate for seven days, while those travelling from high-risk areas are subject to a 14-day mandatory quarantine.
“All costs for quarantining and medical assistance, whether at home or in another designated facility will be at the cost of the individual primarily,” NCEMA said.
Meanwhile, individuals who wish to take a rapid coronavirus test to enter Abu Dhabi can only do so through a booking system.
The Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee said prior appointment is necessary to undergo the screening due to high demand.
Booking can be done on a dedicated website.