The 10pm to 6am curfew in the UAE will now start from 8pm until 6am.
19 May 2020| Last updated on 20 May 2020
The new movement restrictions will also run during Eid Al Fitr in the UAE.
UAE officials announced that the nightly curfew that runs from 10pm to 6am daily will now extend by two hours starting this week.
The move comes after an increase of COVID-19 cases were reported in the country.
The curfew will now restrict movement from 8pm to 6am starting Wednesday 20th May until further notice, confirmed Saif Al-Dhaheri, spokesperson for the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority.
For industrial areas and labour sites in the UAE, the nightly curfew will run from 6pm to 6am until further notice. Anyone living in these areas must not leave from their homes after 6pm, said the UAE ministry. Other neighbourhoods must follow the 8pm to 6am curfew.
Lockdown will also cover the Eid Al Fitr holidays in the UAE, expected to fall on either Saturday May 22 or Sunday May 23.
Shopping malls, centres, and retail outlets can open from 9am to 7pm due to the new lockdown changes.
Supermarkets, restaurants, and cafes can continue to operate for 24 hours, offering delivery meals from 8pm onwards.
Fines increase for breaking curfew
Heavier fines have also been introduced for offences made during quarantine and lockdown.
In an effort to crack down on "reckless" and "irresponsible" behaviour during these sensitive times, penalties for not wearing a face mask while outdoors and for breaking curfew for non-essential outings have been increased, among others. Below is the list of fines:
- Not wearing a face mask while outside your home: AED 3,000
- Not completing home quarantine: AED 50,000
- Organising gatherings: AED 10,000
- Joining a social gathering: AED 5,000
- Exceeding 3 people in a car (except for families): AED 3,000
- Not social distancing: AED 3,000
- Leaving home during nightly curfew: AED 3,000
- Holding private classes: AED 30,000
- Leaking patient health data: AED 20,000
- Leaving home for non-essentials: AED 1,000 - AED 3,000
No warnings will be given and an immediate fine will be slapped on the offender.
Avoid social gatherings this Eid
UAE authorities have urged Muslims in the country to forego traditions this year in part of every resident and citizen’s responsibility to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
This includes typical Eid celebrations such as social gatherings and giving out Eideya money. Physical contact must be avoided where possible.
Authorities advise using electronic money transfer as a replacement, and online shopping for gift giving. Eid prayers must also be done at home.
On Monday, the UAE reported 832 new coronavirus cases and four new deaths, bringing the total confirmed COVID-19 cases to 24,190.