Since the launch of the 8pm curfew, effective until 5 April 2020 due to the UAE government’s efforts to sanitise roads, facilities and public transport across the country to contain the spread of the coronavirus; residents have started to question whether they are still allowed to exercise alone outdoors.
Word of advice? Stay put. The Dubai Police’s Al Ameen Service has shared its response informing all residents, citizens and visitors that you should only leave your homes for essential and urgent purposes – running, jogging and a stroll in the park is not one of them. “People should comply with stay at home initiatives and take precautionary measures like wearing masks and gloves. Avoid gatherings and keep a safe distance. Safety is more important than practising sports outdoors,” Al Ameen said in the statement.
Unconvinced? Then maybe the Dhs1,000 to Dhs50,000 fines and penalities may make you reconsider. The UAE goverment has implemented a Dhs2,000 fine for leaving your homes for recreational purposes at any time and a Dhs3,000 fine for individuals violating the curfew from 8pm to 6am set out until 5 April 2020 during the National Disinfection Programme by the Ministry of Health and Prevention and the Ministry of Interior. This fine does not include individuals who have left their homes for urgent work or to purchase essential supplies, such as food and medicines.
Now’s the perfect time to make room for your workouts at home – get creative and compromise. Your fitness routine can be just as good indoors, if not better, during this crucial time.
If any urgent movement is required during the duration of disinfection, a permit must be applied for online here in order to avoid any issues or fines.