Updated Dubai regulations: here's what you need to know for tonight

Updated National Sterilisation Programme hours, COVID-19 guidelines and new public transport timings from May 20

Updated Dubai regulations: here’s what you need to know for tonight

From tonight (Wednesday May 20) residents and citizens of Dubai need to be aware of several new regulations and stricter fines, and must be in their homes ahead of 8pm.

Earlier this week (Monday May 18) the UAE Government announced it would be increasing the hours of the National Sterilisation Programme, ahead of Eid al-Fitr, due to COVID-19.

From today (May 20) at 8pm, the disinfection programme hours run from 8pm until 6am daily until further notice. Previously they ran from 10pm until 6am.

The decision was made by the National Emergency Crisis & Disaster Management Authority due to the increase of COVID-19 cases (see an update here).

The update comes with a change in public transport timings (for these, click here) along with an increase in UAE fines for violating the guidelines set in place.

Find the list of changes below, and for further updates on changes in Dubai and more, click here.

Fines and penalties

In an act to further disrupt the spread of COVID-19 in Dubai, Advisor Salem Al Zaabi, Acting Chief of Prosecution of the Emergency Crisis & Disasters Committee, at the General Prosecution, announced an update to the list of violations and fines in place.

Currently there is a list of 46 fines, which range from Dhs500 to Dhs50,000. For a full list of fines, click here.

Fines include violations of orders for compulsory hospitalisation of those testing positive for COVID-19, with a fine of Dhs50,000, along with the violation of non-compliance with instructions to quarantine at home or in private quarantine facilities.

Fines are applied for a number of violations, including the below:

Violation of non-compliance with the closure of establishments and the suspension of tourist cruises

Violation of bans or restrictions on gatherings, meetings or group celebrations

Violation of preventative measures by passengers arriving in the UAE

Violation of refraining from taking appropriate health measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus

Violation of failing to take precautionary measures for the crew of cruise ships

Violation of provisions related to burying or transporting bodies of infected individuals

Violation of exceeding the allowed number of passengers per vehicle

Violation of not wearing masks or failure to observe social distancing

Violation of not sterilising means of transport

Violation or refusing to undergo a medical examination or abuse of the right to an examination

Violation of frequenting healthcare facilities other than at prearranged times

For more information, you can find the full list of COVID-19 violations and penalties right here.

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