COVID-19 has changed the lives of people all over the world since it emerged at the end of 2019, and since then, medical experts and governments have been working tirelessly to control the number of cases that are arising. In the past few weeks, the UAE has seen a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases and these have been noted as the result of failure to abide by social distancing rules and attending large gatherings. This is what you need to know about the updated rules and fines:
Failure To Self-Isolate – AED 50,000
If you have been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you must self-isolate for 14 days, regardless of whether you have tested negative for the virus, quarantine is mandatory. You must then retake a PCR test on the 14th day and are only permitted to go out again if the results are negative. Failing to adhere to these rules will result in a AED 50,000 fine.
Group Gatherings – AED 5000 – 10,000
It is being urged by health authorities that UAE residents avoid hosting or attending any public or private gatherings of more than 5 people. Those hosting any gatherings will be fined AED 10,000 and each guest will be fined AED 5000.
Not Wearing A Mask – AED 3000
Wearing a mask has proven to be effective in avoiding catching the virus. Disposable or fabric masks must be worn at all times within public spaces and the nose and mouth must also be covered. If you are seen not wearing a mask, you are liable to pay a fine of AED 3000.
Failure To Travel Safe – AED 3000
While we’re wishing we could hop on a plane to a wonderful destination for a well-deserved break from any monotony or doom and gloom, we are talking about travelling in cars! As it stands, the UAE authorities are enforcing the rule that only 3 passengers can be in the same car at the same time – any more that are not immediate family members, will be fined AED 3000.
Failure To Maintain Social Distancing – AED 3000
Restaurants, cafes and retail spaces are open for business, and just because these spaces allow for people to be social, it doesn’t mean that we should be overlooking the social distancing rules that were implemented earlier in the year. It is imperative that people avoid shaking hands, kissing or hugging in public spaces and those caught doing so will also face a fine of AED 3000.