According to reports, 1,007 new cases of Covid-19 were recorded in the UAE on Saturday – the most cases since the outbreak began. However, if you were to visit Dubai’s shopping malls you would definitely not think we were in the midst of a pandemic (save for the face masks and plastic cutlery).
Crowded spaces and a lack of social distancing practices have led Dubai Police to patrol shopping malls throughout the city, handing out fines and warnings to violators. On Friday September 11, Dubai Police fined 141 retailers and issued 1,422 warnings across Mall of the Emirates, The Dubai Mall, Dubai Festival City Mall and Mirdif City Centre.
In addition, Dubai Police issued 9 violations & 90 warnings & instructions in Mirdif City Centre to prevent overcrowding in four locations in the facility. Dubai Police also issued 36 violations & 170 warnings regarding overcrowding at five locations in Dubai Festival City Mall— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) September 12, 2020
Dubai Police has warned that it will be increasing inspections given the recent surge in cases and reiterated that no violators will be exempt from the hefty fines, which include; Dhs1,000 for retaking a Covid-19 test without a valid reason, Dhs3,000 for not wearing a mask and not adhering to social distancing, Dhs5,000 for not wearing a mask at a workplace and Dhs10,000 for organising private or public gatherings.
The total number of cases in the UAE has reached 78,849 with 9,467 active cases and 399 deaths.
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