Individuals stepping out must follow precautionary measures which include maintaining physical distance from others and wearing a face mask and gloves.
On 25 May 2020, the Government of Dubai amended the timings of movement restrictions in the emirate. Accordingly, from 27 May 2020, movement throughout Dubai will be allowed for the public from 6am until 11pm. The government also requested the public to observe the precautionary measures such as wearing face masks, observing physical distancing of minimum two metres, sanitising or washing hands regularly when they step out.
From 24 April 2020, which coincides with the start of the holy month of Ramadan, Dubai Government decided to partially reduce restrictions on the movement in the emirate.
As per the decision, public movement will be restricted only between 10 pm and 6 am. During this period, the public will be allowed to leave their homes only for medical emergencies. Between 6 am and 10 pm, individuals will be allowed to leave their homes without a permit. However, individuals stepping out must follow precautionary measures which include maintaining physical distance from others and wearing a face mask and gloves. Those who do not wear a mask will be subject to a fine of AED 1,000.
Shopping malls, markets and commercial outlets may open daily to the public from 12 pm to 10 pm. Restaurants and shops are allowed to operate with only those many number of customers that amount to 30 per cent of the establishment’s capacity of occupancy. Restaurants and cafés are not permitted to serve shisha and buffet.
In addition, Dubai Government issued a new list of sectors that are allowed to operate while observing specific conditions. This list includes:
A maximum of 30 per cent of the workforce of these sectors are allowed to work from their offices while the rest will be required to work from home.
Public transport services including Dubai metro services resumed on 26 April 2020.
Read more on partial easing of restrictions on movement in Dubai.
Note: During the permitted hours of movement all over the UAE, people are required follow these guidelines on visiting and exercising during Ramadan 1441.
Following the restrictions issued on 4 April 2020 relating to disinfection in Dubai, the Dubai Government requested the public to stay home 24/7.
People are allowed to step out only to get essential services such as food, medical emergencies and testing for COVID-19. They may step out only between 8am and 2 pm that too after applying for a movement permit. People stepping out must wear gloves and a mask and maintain physical distance. For inquiries and help, call the hotline 800737648.
Employees of the following sectors are exempt from restricted movement 24/7 and are not required to register for a permit provided they are going to perform their duties. However, they must carry their Emirates ID, labour card and a letter from their employer stating that the employee needs to report to work. This letter may be presented to authorities if asked and can also be used to waive violations registered through the radars. Exempted sectors are:
Find FAQs about Dubai Movement permit.
Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services has introduced a ‘self sanitisation walk’ to protect paramedics from catching any illness or infection from microbes that may get attached to their clothes while working with confirmed and suspected cases of COVID-19.
The self sanitisation walk involves the paramedics passing through a device that sprays a mist that disinfects clothes and shoes in less than 20 seconds.
The device detects movements and sprays the disinfectant only when a person passes through it; thus, saving energy. The device also dispenses hand sanitisers.
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