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UAE restricts public movement for National Disinfection Programme

Programme supports Ministry of Health Prevention and the Ministry of Interior's to contain COVID-19 outbreak in the UAE

The programme includes a thorough sterilisation of all public utilities, public transport, and metro services [representational]
CW Achives / Time Out Dubai
The programme includes a thorough sterilisation of all public utilities, public transport, and metro services [representational]

The UAE’s Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) and the Ministry of Interior (MoI) are working alongside federal and local authorities to implement the 'National Disinfection Programme' starting 26 March 8:00 PM to 29 March 6:00 AM, which the movement of traffic and public will be restricted.

According to the UAE's state-owned news agency, Wam, the programme includes a thorough sterilisation of all public utilities, public transport, and metro services during the weekend to contain the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, with metro and public transportation being halted at this time.

The MoHAP has called on the public to stay at home during the disinfection time and step out only if it's absolutely necessary mainly to get essential supplies, including food and medicine.

People who are working in vital sectors, including energy, telecommunications, health, education, security, law enforcement, military, postal service, shipping and logistics, medicines, water, food, civil aviation, airports, passports, banking & financial services, and government media, are allowed to go out.

Service sectors, including petrol stations and construction, have also been permitted to go outdoors.

In such cases, the workers' personal or work identity will be checked and verified by relevant authorities.

During this period, pharmacies, and food retail outlets in the UAE, including cooperative societies, grocery stores, and supermarkets, will be allowed to operate on a 24-hour basis, according to the circular issued earlier by the MoHAP and the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (NCEMA).

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