Sharjah closes its borders to workers entry-exit

By Eudore R. Chand

SHARJAH 16 April 2020: The Sharjah Economic Development Department (SEDD), yesterday prohibited the transfer of labour outside the emirate and restricted their movement within the cities of the emirate of Sharjah.

It also prevented the entry of non-resident workers into the emirate.

The SEDD warned of administrative penalties against violators, said UAE’s official news agencyWam.

Sultan Abdullah bin Hadda Al Suwaidi, SEDD Chairman, affirmed that the department’s decision to prevent the transfer of workers in economic establishments between Sharjah and other emirates is within the framework of precautionary and preventive measures aimed at preserving public health and in implementation of the directives issued by the competent authorities in the country.

Some Exemptions

He pointed out that some activities such as cleaning, food and private security establishments had been excluded from the circular.

The number of workers being transported should be half the capacity that can be accommodated and highlighted the need to wear masks and keep a safe distance of two metres between workers getting on and off of the transport, he added.

In addition, he said that it is important for all companies to cooperate with the SEDD to implement the decision, in addition to taking measures to control the virus such as ensuring the highest levels of hygiene, taking the necessary preventive measures, and visiting the relevant authorities immediately if there is any doubt about a worker being infected.



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