The UAE Extends Lockdown Hours Ahead Of Eid Al-Fitr Celebrations

BY Aisha Rauf / May 19 2020 / 08:00 AM

The National Disinfection Programme will continue on again from 20:00 – 6:00, starting tomorrow

The UAE Extends Lockdown Hours Ahead Of Eid Al-Fitr Celebrations

Just in time for Eid al-Fitr the UAE government has announced a two-hour extension to its current curfew lockdown.

According to Arabian Business the lockdown was extended due to a sudden spike in COVID-19 cases throughout the past few days, bringing the total number of new cases to 873.

Spokesman for the UAE’s National Authority for Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Management, Dr Saif Al-Dhaheri, announced that the National Disinfection Programme will be from 20:00 to 6:00 starting May 20.

“In light of what we have observed during the Holy Month of Ramadan, the increase in the number of COVID-19 infections, which was a result of some individuals in the community were reckless and did not take into account the precautionary measures, we would like to announce that we have amended the timings of the National Sterilisation Programme. It will be from 8pm to 6am," Dr Saif said.

All residents and citizens are encouraged to abide by the government’s new rules, which include reduced shopping hours and practicing proper social distancing etiquette when exercising outside.

New lockdown rules announced by the UAE government include…

• Supermarkets and restaurants can continue to operate 24 hours for delivery only
• Beginning Wednesday 20th, shopping mall hours will be altered to 9am to 7pm. The timing will be revised after Eid
Shopping time in the mall limited to two hours per shopper
Exercise near homes is permitted for a total of two hours, with a maximum of three people together while maintaining social distancing rules

Additionally, new government sanctioned Eid Al-Fitr precautions include…

• Family visits and gatherings are banned and a fine will be placed on hosts or guests should they break the rules
• Avoid distributing Eid cash gifts and use online banking instead
• Eid prayers will be carried out at home as mosques remain closed

The new cases bring the total number of cases in the country to 24,190 and 224 fatalities. The Ministry of Health and Prevention have also announced that four people died as a result of novel coronavirus infections in its daily update on Monday night – which is why its more important than ever before to stay safe and stay at home.


Lead image courtesy of Instagram/dubai

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