UAE imposes fines, penalties for violation of COVID-19 measures

Fines issued for those violating social distancing, remote working, curfews, quarantines, and norms against public gatherings

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UAE imposes fines, penalties for violation of COVID-19 measures [representational image]

The UAE Attorney-General Dr Hamad Saif Al Shamsi has issued the updated Resolution No 38 of 2020 that directs the enforcement of penalties for those violating the UAE directives such as social distancing, #StayAtHome, remote working, curfews, quarantines, and ban on public gatherings, entertainment, among others.

The resolution – which stipulates fines from $272 (AED1,000) to $13,612 (AED50,000) – follows the Cabinet Resolution No. 17 of 2020 to contain the spread of the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19).

  • A $13,612 (AED50,000) fine will be issued to those violating mandatory hospitalisation, and directly refuse to receive or continue prescribed medicines, despite being instructed. Concerned entities or specialists may contact relevant authorities to enforce the decision.
  • A $13,612 (AED50,000) fine will be issued for non-compliance with home quarantine instructions; quarantine at private facilities determined by competent authorities; and refusing to take the tests again as per health protocols or implementing these measures.
  • A $1,361 (AED5,000) fine will be issued for the executive in charge of managing a company or a facility that violates the sterilisation measures of public or private means of transportation.
  • An $816 (AED3,000) fine will be issued to individuals violating the curfew set out during the National Disinfection Programme by the Ministry of Health and Prevention and the Ministry of Interior. The fine excludes individuals who sought to obtain essential supplies, such as food and medicine, and individuals working within previously designated vital sectors.
  • A $272 (AED1,000) fine will be imposed on those unnecessarily visiting health facilities.
  • A $1,361 (AED5,000) fine will be issued for refusing to be subject to a medical test upon request.
  • A $544.5 (AED2,000) fine will be imposed on any person leaving their home for unnecessary reasons except for performing vital jobs or buying essential necessities.
  • A $13,612 (AED50,000) fine and administrative closure will be enforced on those failing to temporarily suspend an establishment. A $136 (AED500) fine will be issued to customers.
  • A $13,612 (AED50,000) fine and administrative closure will be enforced on those violating the closure instructions of educational institutions, cinemas, gyms, sports clubs, malls, outdoor markets, parks, cafés, shopping centres, and restaurants and others or for receiving customers. A visitor to such establishments will be slapped with fine of $136 (AED500).
  • A $2,722 (AED10,000) fine will be issued for whoever invites or organises gatherings, meetings, private and public celebrations, or is present in groups at public places or private farms. Participants will also be slapped a $1,361 (AED5,000) fine.
  • A $544.5 (AED2,000) fine will be imposed on any person violating precautionary measures issued by the Ministry of Health and Prevention regarding passengers coming to the UAE from countries infected by a communicable disease.
  • An $816 (AED3,000) fine will be issued for failing to take proper health measures regarding regulation of markets, roads, and other public places exempted from temporally closure.
  • An $816 (AED3,000) fine will be issued for refusing an order to dispose of any clothes, luggage or other items proved to be contaminated or might be contaminated by any pathogen if they can’t be disinfected by established procedures.
  • A $2,722 (AED10,000) fine will be issued for failing to take precautionary measures for the crew of shelter ships.
  • An $816 (AED3,000) fine will be issued for violating the executive regulations of the Law on Communicable Diseases when burying or transporting a dead body infected with a communicable disease.
  • A $272 (AED1,000) fine will be imposed on motorists who exceed more than three persons per car.
  • A $272 (AED1,000) fine will be issued to individuals suffering from chronic diseases who are not wearing medical masks indoors, and to those showing cold and flu symptoms that are not maintaining social distancing.

According to the resolution, the fines will be doubled for those found to be repeating the violation, according to state-run news agency, Wam. Offenders will be referred to the Emergency and Crisis Prosecution at the Federal Public Prosecution if the violation is committed for the third time. Offenders will also bear the costs and expenses of the damages caused.

The Ministry of Interior and police departments will be in charge of collecting fines from violators and may coordinate with relevant government authorities in the matter.

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