We’ve said it once and we will say it again: “Please stay at home!” With UAE residents ignoring the advice to keep safe and stay indoors – in order to help prevent the spread of Covid-19 – the authorities have decided to take action.
Dubai Police has stated that non-compliance with safety measures surrounding the #StayHome campaign will lead to imprisonment and/or a fine between AED200,000 to AED1 million. The announcement was part of a tweet by Dubai Police which said, “@DubaiPoliceHQ has arrested a European national of Arab origin for posting a video showing her indifference to the #StayHome national campaign and encouraging people to defy authorities’ social distancing instructions. Legal measures were taken against her.” Earlier, the Dubai Police also arrested a beachgoer for posting a video which showed that he had been visiting a local beach, violating the instructions issued by the police and relevant authorities via social media.
. @DubaiPoliceHQ has arrested a European national of Arab origin for posting a video showing her indifference to the #StayHome national campaign and encouraging people to defy authorities' social distancing instructions. Legal measures were taken against her. pic.twitter.com/TKK36bVePw
— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) March 24, 2020
Dubai Police has repeatedly called on the public to follow the instructions, laws, and guidelines issued by official authorities amid the Covid-19 pandemic. “The law will strictly deal with anyone risking the security, safety, and comfort of members of our society,” it stated.
Currently, everyone residing in the UAE has been urged to stay home this weekend while the country carries out its sanitization drive from 8pm on Thursday, March 26 to 6am on Sunday, March 29. The program will see the sterilization of all public places and transportation, government departments, as well as the streets. So, please stay home. Only leave if absolutely necessary, for example, to get medicine. Should you need to go out, for a valid reason, carry your ID. Other than for an emergency, don’t put yourself at risk by going for a walk or a jog. Stay indoors. If you are caught out and about you will be fined or jailed.
Public transport will also be restricted during these days. Asking for cooperation from all citizens and residents, Brigadier Abdul Aziz Abdullah Ahmed from the Ministry of Interior said, “We will restrict the movement of traffic including public transport, and private vehicles during these days. Everyone should stay at home during this period from Thursday evening until Sunday morning except for employees in active sectors.” If you’re worried you will get bored staying in, here are some ideas to keeping entertained.
— Dubai Policeشرطة دبي (@DubaiPoliceHQ) March 24, 2020
When it comes to being a citizen or resident of the United Arab Emirates, there is a lot to be thankful for. This includes the stringent measures taken by the government to curb the spread of Covid-19, the healthcare and domestic staff working day and night, as well as the leniency shown by the authorities in the payment of rent and utility bills.
Remember, our protection from the virus is a joint effort between the people of the UAE as well as the government, and as HH Sheikh Hamdan, Crown Prince of Dubai recently said, social distancing “is a critical demand from every one of us, in order for our city and our society to remain safe.” While the government is doing everything in its power to ensure our protection, it is up to us to make sure we follow the directives issued by authorities to safeguard public health. So, please #stayhome.