Covid-19: Dubai arrests European for going to the beach

By Eudore R. Chand

Burj Al Arab

Violators of preventive measures to face fines, jail terms

UAE 23 March 2020: Dubai Police arrested a young man of European nationality who posted a video showing himself visiting a local beach, in violation of instructions issued by the police and relevant authorities via social media.

The Dubai Police warned everyone to not violate local and federal laws, as well as instructions issued by security authorities, adding that anyone violating these measures will be held fully legally accountable.

The Dubai Police called on the public to follow clear instructions, laws and guidelines issued by official authorities, stressing that ignorance of these laws is unacceptable and anyone violating them are irresponsible, said Wam.

“The law will strictly deal with anyone risking the security, safety and comfort of members of our society,” it affirmed.

The Dubai Police also called on the entire community to be aware and responsible when using social media and warned of the dangers of violating instructions and circulating rumours without understanding the consequences of such actions, which cause fear, panic and discomfort, stressing the importance of maintaining safety and security.

Violators to face fines, jail terms: Ministry of Interior

The Ministry of Interior (MoI), has called upon members of the public to stay at home except in cases of absolute necessity, including getting essential supplies, such as food and medicine, or going out for work.

“The measures are part of the precautionary and preventive steps taken by the UAE to contain the coronavirus, Covid-19, and ensure safety and wellbeing of UAE citizens, residents and visitors,” the ministry said in a statement.

The general public are also called upon to use their own family cars with a maximum of three individuals per car. They are also called not to visit public places and maintain social distancing protocols during family gatherings, provided they should wear face masks, as part of the precautionary measures.

The ministry also called upon the general public not to visit hospitals except for critical and emergency cases and to use face masks for public health safety.

The UAE law on communicable diseases, which includes fines and jail terms, will be enforced against all violators, added the statement.

The Ministry called upon the public to adhere to preventive measures, follow news updates on the health developments from the official government sources and disregard rumours and not circulate them.

“Violators will be subject to legal actions,” the ministry affirmed.

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