Dubai fines party woman, 24 firms for violations

Eudore R. Chand

DUBAI 25 September 2020: Dubai Police have slapped a fine of Dh10,000 on an Arab woman for organising a private party at her house where guests neither complied with physical distancing nor wore facemasks in violation of the resolution No. 38 of 2020 issued by the Attorney General.

According to the resolution, Dh10,000 fine shall be slapped on whoever invites or organises gatherings, meetings, private and public celebrations or being present in groups at public places or private farms. Participants will each be slapped a fine of Dh5,000, said Wam.

Brigadier Jamal Salem Al-Jallaf, Director of the General Department of Criminal Investigations at Dubai Police, said the violator (a female decor architect) and her guests – a group of media persons and a female Arab artist – had been summoned and fined after the video of the event had gone viral on social media.

Participating media persons were each slapped a fine of Dh5,000 as per the same resolution, he added.

Brig. Al-Jallaf stressed that the Dubai Police won’t tolerate violators of the announced precautionary measures against Covid-19 as these measures have been put in place to protect members of the community and curb the pandemic.

He reminded members of the public to strictly adhere to the precautionary measures announced by the local authorities, and to report violators via the (Police Eye) service on smartphones, or by contacting the Dubai Police Call Centre (901).

Dubai Economy fines 24 businesses, warns five

The field inspection teams from the Commercial Compliance & Consumer Protection, CCCP, Sector in Dubai Economy, conducted 684 visits in open markets and shopping centres across the emirate yesterday to ensure compliance with the precautionary measures currently in force to limit the spread of Covid-19.

The inspections resulted in fines being imposed on 24 commercial establishments, 17 for employees’ lack of commitment to wearing masks and seven for breaching physical distancing guidelines.

The establishments fined included retail stores, a consumer complex, and various businesses dealing in general trade activities, electronics, mobile phone, readymade garments, perfumes, A/C spare parts, and shoes. The violations were spotted in a number of shopping centres and a few other businesses located in Al Mamzar, Al Sabkha, Naif, and Muhaisnah 4.

The field inspection teams also warned five other commercial establishments for not placing the physical distancing stickers as required. Overall, inspections yesterday found that 655 shops and commercial establishments fully complied with the precautionary measures.

Dubai Economy called on everyone to cooperate in keeping the emirate’s economy moving forward in spite of the pandemic threat. The precautionary guidelines have enabled Dubai to gradually resume activity across all sectors and reset the economy on a growth path. Stern action will be taken by Dubai Economy against any non-compliance with the precautionary measures found during its inspections or 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.

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