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Abu Dhabi Extends Travel Restrictions For One Week

A travel ban on entering and exiting out of Abu Dhabi and between the capital's regions has been extended for one week starting Tuesday.

Posted on

9 June 2020

Last updated on 9 June 2020
Abu Dhabi Extends Travel Restrictions For One Week

Residents are not allowed to travel in and out of Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, and Al Dhafra.

The Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Committee announced that restrictions on travels in and out of Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, and Al Dhafra has been pushed for another week, starting Tuesday, 9th June.

Last week, local health officials said that the travel ban was implemented to ensure Abu Dhabi's huge testing drive works.

The extended travel ban applies to all UAE residents and Emiratis, except for special permits from essential workers, transportation of necessary goods, and patients with chronic diseases traveling visiting hospitals.

Residents can continue to move within Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, and Al Dhafra, but are prohibited from entering or leaving the area to visit other Emirates.

In an official tweet, the Abu Dhabi Media Office said the extension of the travel restriction "aims to enhance the effectiveness of the expanded National Screening Programme, among a series of precautionary and preventive measures being taken to reduce contact, curb the spread of Covid-19, and protect the health and safety of all community members."

The nightly curfew for the nation-wide disinfection programme will continue between 10pm to 6am.

Sheikh Abdulla Al Hamed, chairman of Abu Dhabi's Department of Health, said the decision of the initial one-week travel ban came as the capital intensified a campaign to test in densely populated places such as Mussaffah.

The COVID-19 screening campaign, which started on Monday, is free of charge.

At the time of publishing, health officials diagnosed 568 new coronavirus patients, 469 further recoveries, and five deaths, bringing the UAE's total to 39,376 confirmed cases.