Wearing a face mask is still mandatory when leaving your home in Dubai, but is it required when driving in your car? Here's what Dubai Police has to say.
30 April 2020| Last updated on 14 May 2020
Motorists are not required to wear a face mask when driving alone, says Dubai Police.
As part of Dubai’s strict measures to reduce the rising number of Covid-19 cases in the UAE, residents and citizens are required to wear a face mask whenever they leave their homes. Failure to wear one in public at all times will result in getting slapped with an AED 1,000 fine.
There has been some confusion among Dubai drivers if this mandatory rule must also be followed while in a car.
According to the Dubai Police, solo drivers are not required to wear a mask while in their vehicle.
However, if you are in a car with at least one other person, the rule applies and everyone in the vehicle must wear a face mask even if they are not experiencing any symptoms.
It is also important to note that authorities permit a maximum of three people traveling together in a car. The driver and passengers must also abide by compulsory social-distancing restrictions.
In the months of March and April alone, over 10,000 fines have been issued to UAE residents who did not wear a face mask in public or maintained social-distancing.
“We issued a circular on the importance of wearing masks inside cars. Dubai Police issued warning fines to drivers who are not wearing masks while driving with other passengers as part of the precautionary measures,” said Brigadier Saif Muhair Al-Mazroui, Director of Traffic Department at Dubai Police.
Although Dubai has seen an ease of restrictions due to Ramadan 2020 in the UAE, with shopping malls re-opening, people are allowed to stay out between 10pm - 6am, and restaurants accepting diners again, authorities urge residents to limit leaving their homes for groceries and healthcare only.