DUBAI 13 September 2020: Dubai Economy has shut down a café in Karama in co-operation with Dubai Municipality and Dubai Tourism after the outlet was found to have ignored physical distancing guidelines issued as a precautionary measure against Covid-19.
The action came following response from the public to the call of Dubai Economy to report commercial establishments and outlets not adhering to the precautionary measures. Dubai Economy also imposed penalties on seven commercial establishments for a lack of commitment to wearing masks among their employees.
Any non-compliance that would pose a risk or harm will be dealt with firmly and in accordance with the laid-down procedures, Dubai Economy reminded, said official news agency Wam.
Police arrest youth for defying safety measures
Dubai Police have arrested a young man for breaching mandatory home quarantine rules, violating related laws and regulations, and posting a video on social media saying he had gone out to buy coffee despite being infected with the virus, endangering his life and that of others.
According to Brigadier Jamal Salem Al Jallaf, Director of Criminal Investigation Department (CID) at Dubai Police, the man has been put under quarantine, and legal action has been taken against him.
“Not only did he violate home quarantine laws, he also deliberately bragged about his recklessness and published a video on social media platforms. His irresponsible action provoked public opinion as he endangered the lives of others,” Brig. Al Jallaf said.
The Director of Dubai CID reaffirmed Dubai Police’s commitment to safeguard the community from potential risks, and enforce the rule of law in this regard, especially the Attorney General’s Resolution No. 38 of 2020 on the list of violations and administrative sanctions for non-compliance with precautionary measures and guidelines put in place to curb the spread of Covid-19. The Resolution outlines specific penalties for violating precautionary measures, which include a fine of Dh50,000 for failing to adhere to home quarantine instructions.
Brig. Al Jallaf further noted that Article 31 of the UAE’s cyber-crime law states that encouraging violation of the laws and regulations of the State by publishing information is punishable by imprisonment and/or a fine of between Dh200,000 and Fh1,000,000.
Brig. Al Jallaf also reminded the public that #We_Are_All_Responsible and called on all members of the community to comply with the protective measures and guidelines aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19.
Members of the public are strictly required to wear a face mask at all times when outside the house, especially in public indoor areas such as shopping malls and restaurants, as well as observe physical distancing. Adherence to these guidelines is critical to safeguard the community’s health. Individuals and institutions that fail to comply with precautionary measures outlined by the authorities will face penalties.
Dubai Police issue violations and warnings
The Dubai Police General Headquarters has emphasised its commitment to monitoring violations of precautionary measures outlined by the Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management in Dubai to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and ensure the safety of the community.
Dubai Police stressed that the fines and penalties specified in the Attorney General’s Resolution No. (38) of 2020 and the amendments outlined in Resolution No. (54) of 2020 will be applied to all violators.
As part of its efforts to ensure compliance with Covid-19 precautionary measures, Dubai Police issued 141 violations and 1,422 warnings in four shopping malls in the emirate on a single day (Friday, 11 September), following inspections carried out by police officers and volunteers.
Dubai Police issued four violations and 542 warnings while monitoring compliance with preventive measures and social distancing rules at the Mall of the Emirates. It also issued 92 violations and 620 warnings at four locations in Dubai Mall. In addition, Dubai Police issued nine violations and 90 warnings and instructions in Mirdif City Centre to prevent overcrowding in four locations in the facility.
Dubai Police also issued 36 violations and 170 warnings regarding overcrowding at five locations in Dubai Festival City Mall.