|06 April, 2020

Lockdown in Dubai: Residents will need 'permit' to step out of homes

Employees of exempted sectors need not register for permits in Dubai

Image used for illustrative purpose. Dubai Police officer checking driver ID and driving licence near by Jumeirah Lake Towers.

Image used for illustrative purpose. Dubai Police officer checking driver ID and driving licence near by Jumeirah Lake Towers.

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The Dubai government announced on April 4 that the National Sterilisation Programme in Dubai would be extended to 24 hours a day across all areas and communities in the emirate for a period of two weeks subject to renewal.

The authorities announced that they would enforce strict restrictions on residents' movement, and legal action would be taken against violators.

Now, before leaving home Dubai residents will have to obtain a permit via https://dxbpermit.gov.ae/permits

According to a statement released by the Supreme Committee of Crisis & Disaster Management in Dubai, the movement permit website is for general members of the public who are allowed to go out for essential needs such as buying food and medicine, medical emergencies and for COVID-19 testing.

"However, with regard to the exempt sectors and their employees, registration is not required, but they must obtain a letter from the employer stating their movement to&from work.The paper has to be presented if stopped by authorities. It can also be used to waive violations by radar," according to a tweet on Dubai Media Office handle.

Individuals are not allowed to leave the house, except for essential purposes or if they are employed in vital sectors exempted from the restrictions, according to the statement released earlier by the Dubai government.

Meanwhile, the Dubai government said radar fines imposed against violators of traffic restrictions in Dubai from April 4 to April 5, will be waived off.

"Going forward, anyone who wishes to go out must obtain a movement permit to avoid fines & legal action," according to a statement released by Dubai Police.

For motorists passing through Dubai to other emirates, radars will not be activated for violating the restrictions, provided that they use inter-emirates roads (e.g. Mohammed bin Zayed road and Emirates road) and do not stop in Dubai, according to a tweet by Dubai Media Office.

(Writing by Mily Chakrabarty)

(mily.chakrabarty@refinitiv.com

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