In a joint statement made by the Ministry of Interior and the National Emergency and Crisis and Disasters Management Authority, UAE residents have been advised to stay at home unless you are going to get essential items such as food and medicine, or performing essential jobs.
– UAE Suspends ALL Flights (Inbound, Outbound, and Transit) for 2 Weeks
– Markets, Malls, Commercial Centers to Close for 2 Weeks, Restaurants Limited to Home Deliveries
– Public & Private Beaches Closed for 2 Weeks
This decision was made to combat the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure the safety and well-being of residents. Please see the important details for residents below:
- Everyone advised to stay at home. Do not go out except for buying essentials or performing essential jobs.
- Car owners will be limited to having 3 individuals per car.
- People are advised not to go to public places and keep social distancing procedures during family gatherings.
- They also advised everyone NOT to visit hospitals except for emergency cases and to use face masks.
- For those who will be using public transport, taxis and other modes of transport, additional instructions will be issued later.
- The statement also reminds residents to follow these rules or else face jail and fines as per UAE law on communicable disease.
Note: This announcements was made on March 23 at 2:42 am UAE Time. Please keep posted for updates and for further instructions as new announcements will be made.
Below is a Twitter post from WAM news agency:
— WAM English (@WAMNEWS_ENG) March 22, 2020
Here’s a video of the Dubai Police patrolling the streets of Dubai, urging everyone to #stayhome
Dubai Police's beep beep go home cars made my day😭😭😂😂 pic.twitter.com/dZP2ZrvtLh
— Ɲewra (@Newrathlon) March 24, 2020
Video: Burj Khalifa Lights up to Remind Residents to #StayHome
Please see the full announcement below:
Everyone advised to stay at home except for absolute necessity: UAE government
The UAE has urged the public to stay at home except in cases of necessity, including getting essential supplies, such as food and medicine, or performing essential jobs.
In a joint statement today, the Ministry of Interior and the National Emergency and Crisis and Disasters Management Authority urged the public to comply with the instructions issued by competent health and security authorities, primarily limiting social contacts and avoiding crowded places to ensure their safety and wellbeing.
“The public are also urged to use their own family cars with a maximum of three individuals per car. They are also advised not to visit public places and maintain social distancing protocols during family gatherings as part of the precautionary measures,” added the statement.
The two authorities also urged everyone not to visit hospitals except for critical and emergency cases and to use face masks.
“Additional instructions will be issued later involving the use of public transport, taxis and other means of transportation,” said the statement.
The UAE law on communicable diseases, which includes fines and jail terms, will be enforced against all violators, added the statement.