Don't throw used masks on streets, warn Abu Dhabi police

Wearing of face masks is mandatory in public places, at workplace and when in the car with more than one occupant, as per the Covid-19 safety measures

  
A woman wearing a protective face mask shield sells toilet paper next to sidewalk vendors as the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in the Chinatown section of New York City, U.S., October 14, 2020. Image used for illustrative purpose

A woman wearing a protective face mask shield sells toilet paper next to sidewalk vendors as the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in the Chinatown section of New York City, U.S., October 14, 2020. Image used for illustrative purpose

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The Abu Dhabi Police have warned residents against throwing used face masks and gloves on the roads and public utilities.

In an awareness message on Twitter, the police said the act poses health and environmental risks to the community. "Throwing wastes from vehicles on the road is a violation punishable by a Dh1,000 fine and six traffic points."

Wearing of face masks is mandatory in public places, at workplace and when in the car with more than one occupant, as per the Covid-19 safety measures.

The police highlighted that some people have the bad habit of throwing used masks and gloves out of the car windows, which is an uncivilised act and violates the traffic laws.

"Used face masks and gloves pose threat to public health and destroy the environment," the police said, adding that they may lead to the spread of diseases.

Health authorities also condemned disposing of face masks and gloves irresponsibly, stressing that such acts can contribute to the spread of Covid-19. "Masks should be disposed of properly in waste bins," authorities advised.

Residents have been urged to continue adhering to precautionary measures such as wearing face masks and maintaining physical distancing that were put in place by the government to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

 

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