What are the latest updates on Covid-19 restrictions and fines for the offenders in the UAE?

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In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the public authorities in the UAE have taken proactive and adequate measures to ensure the safety and wellbeing of its citizens, residents and visitors. The UAE currently leads the world nations in the number of Covid-19 vaccines administered, with 93% of its population being vaccinated and 82 % being fully vaccinated. This is a staggering achievement and combined with the Covid-19 protection measures, the country has successfully brought life close to normal, with residents being able to enjoy a freer and healthy environment in comparison with other nations. 

The health system in the UAE provides both governments funded as well as private health facilities, able to provide a comprehensive health care solution. The emergency response system is managed by the National Crisis and Emergency Management Authority (NCEMA). The covid-19 precautionary measures are strictly enforced within the UAE, with violations inviting hefty penalties.

In this article, we will highlight the main type of penalties imposed on offenders for violating the Covid-19 restrictions.

Fine AmountViolation Type
Aed 50,000·        Refusing mandatory hospitalization while suffering from Covid-19 or neglecting to take the prescribed medicine

·        Failing to adhere to home quarantine

  • For shopping malls for not complying with guidelines related to opening and closing of facilities

 

Aed 30,000·         For commercial facilities for not complying with guidelines related to opening and closing of facilities

·         For organizers conducting private classes in person, in public or private, whether paid for or free

 

Aed 20,000·         Failing to report workers who test positive to health authorities

·         for hacking the systems of these applications or smart devices, damaging, altering or illegally obtaining information from them. The offender will also bear the cost of damages.

·         Promoting or publishing misinformation about pandemic related matters, or encouraging people not to comply with measures

·         Violating regulations determining number of people who can reside in one dwelling.

·         Conducting private classes in person, in public or private, whether paid for or free

·         Neglecting or ignoring duties assigned to you related to stopping the spread of Covid-19

Aed 10,000·        Not complying when stopped by officials on Covid-19 related issues

·        Changing or creating information in messages and results about Covid-19 tests

·        Breaking rules on social distancing at gatherings

·        Breaking rules on smaller gatherings

·        Violating procedures under the e-tracking system

 

The UAE has also recently relaxed the rules concerning wearing of face masks in certain public places. The new changes were brought in after the number of daily covid-19 cases have decreased by 60 per cent in comparison with the last year at this given time; which is  a testament to the nation’s efficiency in handling the crisis of COVID-19. The country continues to pioneer in health care and is a leading example for the systematic handling of the covid-19 crisis and its continued economic growth and stability.

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