Fines up to Dhs50,000 for violation of COVID-19 rules
Gulf Today|August 22, 2021
New guidelines recommend fines for spreading fake news, information or virus-related rumours; use of masks crucial; Delhi relaxes restrictions.

ABU DHABI

The Attorney General of the United Arab Emirates, Dr. Hamad Saif Al-Shamsi, issued a decision to update the rules aimed at monitoring violations and administrative sanctions.

The Decree no. (38) 2020 was issued to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

The updated list includes fines for noncompliance with the quarantine instructions at home and quarantine facilities; for deception and evasion offences; non-compliance of institutions and companies with the precautionary measures, as determined by relevant authorities; violating judicial orders or when stopped at checking points.

The list also imposes fines for spreading fake news, information or coronavirus-related rumours, as well as violating temporary entry rules by vehicles used for commercial purposes.

The Ministry of Public Affairs urged citizens to adhere to prevention recommendations and to comply with measures and precautions issued by the competent authorities to limit the spread of the disease in the interest of their health and safety.

HIGHLIGHTS:

A: Face masks may be removed in the following instances:

1. Upon eating or drinking in cafes and restaurants or similar places.

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