Dubai’s disinfection programme now 24-hours daily

Movement in the city now curbed 24-hours a day, with only essential services available

Dubai’s disinfection programme now 24-hours daily

Dubai’s citywide disinfection programme will now include sterilisation across the emirate 24 hours a day, according to the Dubai Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management, in coordination with the Command and Control Centre for Combatting COVID-19.

The news was announced today (Saturday April 4) by Dubai Media Office, with the initiative extended to protect the health and safety of those residing in the city.

The move is an extension of the current evening curfew, and effective as of 8pm on Saturday April 4.

The new measures urge all those in Dubai to stay at home throughout the day and evening. Supermarkets and pharmacies will continue to operate as usual, while food and medicine deliveries may also continue as normal.

Individuals should not leave their homes, except for essential purposes, or if they are working in vital sectors that are exempt from the restrictions.

Members of the public are allowed to go out for:

• Essential needs such as buying food from food supply outlets (Union Cooperative stores, supermarkets and groceries); only one family member is permitted to leave the house for this purpose.

• Buying medicines / getting medical assistance from healthcare service providers like hospitals, clinics and pharmacies

• COVID-19 tests

Employees working in the below vital sectors are permitted to leave their house at any time (24-hours a day) to commute to work:

• Healthcare services (Hospitals, clinics and pharmacies)

• Food supply outlets (Union Cooperative outlets, supermarkets, groceries)

• Delivery services (Food and medicine)

• Restaurants (operations limited to home deliveries only)

• Manufacturers of medicines and providers of healthcare and medical supplies

• Industrial sector (only vital industries)

• Industrial supply chain for services and basic commodities

• Water and electricity sector, petrol and gas stations and district cooling services

• Telecommunications sector

• Media sector

• Airports, airlines, ports, shipping

• Customs duty and border crossings

• Public and private security services

• Municipality services and public and private service providers involved in garbage collection, sewage management and general cleaning and sanitation

• Private and government sector organisations involved in combating the coronavirus (COVID-19).

• Public transport (buses and taxis only; metro and tram services will be suspended)

• Construction sector, subject to obtaining a permit from Dubai Municipality and the Permanent Committee for Labour Affairs.

Employees working in these support sectors are permitted to commute to work between 8am and 2pm:

• Banking and financial services (banks and exchange centres)

• Social welfare services.

• Laundry services (for permitted outlets)

• Maintenance services

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