UPDATED: to reflect an announcement at 10.10pm (GST) from Dubai Media Office.
If you are a member of the general public and need to leave the house in Dubai for essential trips, you will now need a move permit.
The Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management has confirmed today (Sunday April 5) that members of the public will need to apply for a permit at dxbpermit.gov.ae before leaving the house for essential needs such as buying food or medicine.
Those that are exempt do not need to apply, but do need a letter from their employer.
"Supreme Committee of Crisis & Disaster Management in Dubai: The movement permit website is for general members of the public who are allowed to go out for essential needs such as buying food and medicine, medical emergencies and for COVID-19 testing," read a statement.
"However, with regard to the exempt sectors and their employees, registration is not required, but they must obtain a letter from the employer stating their movement to and from work. The paper has to be presented if stopped by authorities. It can also be used to waive violations by radar."
For enquiries you can call the hotline on 800 737 648.
Supreme Committee of Crisis & Disaster Management in Dubai: The movement permit website is for general members of the public who are allowed to go out for essential needs such as buying food and medicine, medical emergencies and for COVID-19 testing. pic.twitter.com/FepsvrjR3w— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) April 5, 2020
The news comes after the announcement yesterday (Sunday April 4) that the National Disinfection Programme was being extended to 24 hours a day, to curb the spread of Covid-19 coronavirus.
The move is an extension of the current evening curfew, and has been effective since 8pm last night.
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 will now need a permit to leave, but should not leave their homes, except for essential purposes, or if they are working in vital sectors that are exempt from the restrictions.
For more information and to apply for a permit visit dxbpermit.gov.ae or call (800 737 648).