|24 March, 2020

Coronavirus in UAE: $272,264 fine, jail for violating #StayHome initiative

Dubai Police called on the public to follow clear instructions, laws and guidelines issued by official authorities

A general view shows the area outside the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, mostly deserted, following the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, March 23, 2020.

A general view shows the area outside the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, mostly deserted, following the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, March 23, 2020.

REUTERS/Christopher Pike

Dubai Police have arrested a European national of Arab origin for posting a video showing her indifference to the #StayHome national campaign and encouraging people to defy authorities' social distancing instructions.

According to Dubai police, legal measures were taken against her and the case has been referred to the Federal Public Prosecution for Information Technology Crimes.

Dubai Police stresses the importance of residents fully complying with directives issued by authorities to safeguard public health.

Inciting non-compliance with safety measures will lead to imprisonment and/or a fine of between Dh200,000 and Dh1 million, the police said.

Earlier, the Police had arrested a beach-goer for publishing a video showing himself visiting a local beach, in violation of instructions issued by the police and relevant authorities via social media.

The police have warned everyone to not violate local and federal laws, as well as instructions issued by security authorities, adding that anyone violating these measures will be held fully legally accountable.

Dubai Police called on the public to follow clear instructions, laws and guidelines issued by official authorities, stressing that ignorance of these laws is unacceptable and anyone violating them are irresponsible.

"The law will strictly deal with anyone risking the security, safety and comfort of members of our society," it affirmed.

The Dubai Police also called on the entire community to be aware and responsible when using social media and warned of the dangers of violating instructions and circulating rumours without understanding the consequences of such actions, which cause fear, panic and discomfort, stressing the importance of maintaining safety and security.Coronavirus in UAE: Dh 1m fine, jail for violating #StayHome initiative

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