Dubai shuts down 13 businesses, fines 17 for breaking COVID-19, health rules

Nine establishments fined for violating COVID-19 measures

Dubai skyline. Image courtesy Dubai Media Office Twitter handle.

Dubai skyline. Image courtesy Dubai Media Office Twitter handle.

UAE - Field inspections by Dubai Economy across open markets and commercial outlets on Thursday revealed nine violations of Covid-19 precautionary guidelines. Various gyms were also inspected in co-operation with the Dubai Sports Council, a statement issued on Friday said.

The violations detected were mostly related to face masks or physical distancing, and were found in the open markets in Naif and Al Rigga besides various shopping malls.

Overall, the inspections showed that 732 commercial establishments fully complied with the guidelines while the violating establishments included a sports supplies, document processing services, building material trading, workshop tools trading, mobile phones trading, general trading, in addition to the gyms.

Dubai Economy said it will continue its inspections along with its various partners, reminding that any violation or malpractice that may be found during the inspections or reported by the public will not be tolerated.

Dubai Economy directed traders to strictly adhere to the precautionary measures and called on the public to report any violation or harmful practices they come across through the Dubai Consumer App or by calling 600545555, or via the website.

Health violations

Meanwhile, Dubai Municipality also strengthened its inspection campaigns on establishments to ensure their commitment to precautionary measures.

DM shut down several shisha cafes, salons and laundries on January 14 for flouting rules.

The total commitment rate reached 97 per cent, and the number of inspection visits reached 2377.

The commitment of 2315 establishments was confirmed, while the number of violations reached 36.


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