UAE govt reaffirm heavy fines for violators of Covid-19 mask rule

UAE govt reaffirm heavy fines for violators of Covid-19 mask rule

UAE govt reaffirm heavy fines for violators of Covid-19 mask rule

Wearing masks in closed areas is still mandatory, according to Dr. Taher Al-Ameri. (Credits: AFP)

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  • The UAE government issued a warning to the public, reminding them that the rule requiring people to wear masks indoors is still in effect.
  • Violators will be fined $816. (3,000 dirhams).
  • The number of new infections with Covid-19 has increased by 100 percent in one week.
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DUBAI: The UAE government issued a warning to the public, reminding them that the rule requiring people to wear masks indoors to prevent the spread of Covid-19 is still in effect, and violators will be fined $816. (3,000 dirhams).

As per Dr. Taher Al-Ameri, spokeswoman for the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority, wearing masks in closed locations is still required, according to a report from state news agency WAM.

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Coronavirus cases have been rapidly increasing throughout the country, with the number of new infections increasing by more than 100 percent in just one week, according to the spokeswoman.
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Covid-19-related hospitalizations have also been on the rise, he added.

Dr. Al-Ameri blamed the rise in infections on some people’s failure to follow preventative measures like wearing a mask and isolating after testing positive.

 “A lack of commitment to isolating was noted among a small group of people infected with Covid-19, which threatens the safety of the community and causes the spread of the virus, due to the lack of commitment of people,” Dr. Al-Ameri added.

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Starting Wednesday, June 15, the validity term of the green pass system on the Al Hosn app, which is being deployed in Abu Dhabi, has been reduced from 30 days to 14 days.

In the meantime, the new rule will take effect on June 20 for schools in the emirate in preparation for the assessment period.

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