Dubai fines 22 businesses, six fitness facilities

Eudore R. Chand

DUBAI 28 September 2020: The Commercial Compliance & Consumer Protection (CCCP), Sector in Dubai Economy conducted 673 inspection visits in a number of open markets and shopping centres across the emirate.

The visits were aimed to ensure that commercial establishments commit to the precautionary measures in force to limit the spread of Covid-19.

Dubai Economy imposed fines on 22 commercial establishments, 19 of them for employees’ lack of commitment to wearing masks and three for breaching physical distancing guidelines. Six of the violating establishments were bodybuilding gyms and they were fined in co-operation with the Dubai Sports Council. The other businesses fined were from different trades, including retailing, readymade garments, textiles & fabrics, transaction& follow-up services, sewing & embroidery, mill, mobile phones, building materials, and general trade, said Wam.

The violating businesses were from different locations including International City, Al Murar, and Ayal Nasir, in addition to a number of shopping centres. The field inspection teams also warned two other businesses for not placing the physical distancing stickers as required. Overall, inspections yesterday found that 649 shops and commercial establishments fully complied with the precautionary measures.

Dubai Economy called on everyone to cooperate and contribute to keeping the emirate’s economy moving forward in spite of the pandemic threat. Compliance is critical to the gradual return to safe and normal commercial activity that Dubai has achieved, leading to the opening of all sectors and the economic reset in the emirate, Dubai Economy reminded, adding that stern action will be taken against any non-compliance found during its inspections, or that may be reported by consumers and the public.

Dubai Economy also called on everyone to report any non-compliance to the precautionary guidelines through the Dubai Consumer app available on the Apple, Google, and Huawei stores, by calling 600545555, or by visiting the Consumerrights.ae website.

Six Dubai sports establishments fined

Teams from Dubai Sports Council and Dubai Economy fined six sports establishments over the weekend for their failure to adhere to Covid-19 precautionary measures and safety guidelines.

The establishments were fined for their failure to maintain the mandatory safe distance at the premises as well as non-compliance with the face mask rule. Ten other establishments escaped with a warning following inspections of sports facilities and sports across Dubai.

The Council has urged all clubs, academies, and sports and training centres in Dubai to comply with the protocols and safety guidelines, and stressed that inspection visits by DSC and Dubai Economy teams will be further intensified in the coming period to ensure full compliance with all Covid-19 safety protocols.

Before giving permission to reopen sports facilities in Dubai after months of lockdown due to Covid-19, Dubai Sports Council had issued a detailed list of protocols, in accordance with the safety guidelines issued by Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management and other relevant authorities, that clubs, academies, sports and fitness centres in Dubai are required to comply with at all times for the safety of their patrons, staff and visitors.

The facilities, among other things, have been instructed to make sure they maintain the hygiene and sanitization requirements as mandated by authorities, which includes maintaining a regular cleaning regime, and ensuring the 2 metre safe distancing rule is respected at all times.

The facilities have also been instructed to follow all the other safety protocols and guidelines like wearing masks, checking temperature of visitors, providing sanitisers, etc.

The regulations also require facilities to display public announcements, and awareness signage in highly visible areas. They must also maintain adequate records of their members, including names, telephone numbers and visit dates, to assist if contact tracing becomes necessary.

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