The movement restrictions from 10 pm to 6 am apply to every emirate in the UAE. Those found out after 10 pm will be stopped and asked for a valid reason. The fine without a valid reason or permit can be Dh3,000 across all emirates.
Police are ensuring that worker’s buses are not moving from one emirate to another. Regular checks for masks and overcrowding will be made. However, if you are from the same family, three-member restrictions don’t imply (that ruling is now only for taxis and transport). Also, if you are alone in the car you don’t have to wear a mask. However, if you are in the car with others and your family – you will have to wear a mask, else risk a Dh1,000 fine.
This is in line with the directive of the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP), the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA), and the Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management.
These nine-hour night restrictions started on March 26 across all emirates and were raised to 24-hour restrictions only in Dubai on April 4. On April 24 these restrictions were reduced in Dubai back to nine hours from 10 pm to 6 am as had always been the case in all other emirates since March 26.
In Dubai, checkpoints have been installed by police to ensure people follow the restricted movement orders. Officers can be seen stopping vehicles to check for permits or not.
Police have also put checkpoints on the entrance and exit of Emirates Road between Sharjah and Dubai. This is to prevent the transportation of workers from one emirate to another around the clock.
According to Major General Abdullah Ali Al Ghaithi, Director of the General Department of Protective Security and Emergency at Dubai Police, the permit website is still working since the days of the 24-hour movement restriction, which was eased at the start of Ramadan, but permits are getting rejected unless they are for medical emergencies.
“Permits are issued only for people with medical emergencies because there is enough time for everybody to get their needs catered to between 6 am and 10 pm. It is not logical that someone asks for a permit to buy groceries after 10 pm,” said Major General Al Gaithi.
The move permit can applied on https://dxbpermit.gov.ae/home
Dubai Police have urged the public to call the permit hotline 800 737648 or 901 for non-emergency inquiries.
Abu Dhabi Police have also started issuing movement permits for residents who wish to go out during periods of sterilization. The permits will be required for those wishing to go out between 10 pm and 6 am in the emirate.
“Abu Dhabi Police emphasizes that permits must be used for the authorized period of time. Those violating restrictions will be liable for fines.” according to a series of tweets from Abu Dhabi Media Office.
Residents going out during sterilization times without a permit for urgent reasons, such as hospital, pharmacy or for basic needs, will need to present proof of the reason they are out, the tweets said.
Entities with staff who work during sterilization times have been asked to provide names and the number plates of their cars to the Abu Dhabi Emergency Crisis and Disasters Committee.
“Vehicles of those working in vital sectors will automatically be exempted from violation systems,” the tweets said.
The tweets added: “Those wanting to submit a complaint to the Public Prosecution against disciplinary procedures taken due to the measures to curb the spread of coronavirus are kindly requested to do it through the website: pp.gov.ae, within 15 days of the date of the violation.”
Movement permits can be applied for at adpolice.gov.ae.
Sharjah Police have activated radars and deployed more than 140 patrols to catch motorists who violate the National Sterilisation Programme from 10 pm to 6 am, said Major General Saif Ziril Al Shamsi, Commander-in-chief of Sharjah Police.
Patrols are checking whether people have a valid reason to be out after 10 pm.
Major General Al Shamsi said that 97 percent of Sharjah residents had adhered to the restrictions and that the pandemic in the emirate was under control. Anyone on the road during the hours of restricted movement will be stopped, questioned, and asked to present a valid ID. Police deal with each case separately and take into consideration the condition of that person.
Major General Shaikh Sultan Bin Abdullah Al Nuaimi, Commander-in–chief of Ajman Police also said that most residents have complied with 10 pm to 6 am movement restrictions and that the pandemic is under control as a result.
He added that Ajman authorities had recently decided to issue permits for food delivery companies that comply with health and safety requirements.
Ajman Police issue these permits in collaboration with the Department of Municipality and Planning in Ajman, who review health and safety controls and requirements for delivery companies providing during the coronavirus restrictions. Permits can be obtained through the health department of the Municipality and Planning Department.
Those working in the medical and other vital sectors are exempted from movement restrictions but could be stopped to be asked for ID. Police are also looking to see if everyone is wearing masks and to check if those with more than three in a car are from the same family.
Ras Al Khaimah
Colonel Yusuf Salem bin Yaqoub, head of the readiness team at Ras Al Khaimah Police, said more than 100 patrol cars – including military, civilian vehicles and bicycles – were on the emirate’s roads during the National Sterilisation Programme from 10 pm to 6 am.
Their role is to ensure everyone abides by the rules of the national sterilization program.
Colonel Bin Yaqoub said that residents are adhering to restrictions and only a few violations had been recorded.
Umm Al Quwain
Umm Al Quwain Police have deployed between 30-40 police patrols during the national sterilization program.
Their primary work is to clear streets that need to be sterilized by all road users (even the groups excluded by the Attorney General) to provide security and safety for those involved in sterilization. Patrols also control traffic and ensure that the decision of the Attorney General regarding national sterilization is applied, read a statement from Umm Al Quwain Police.
Police also carry out daily work tasks (accidents and criminal reports) as well as establishing checkpoints at chosen sites to ensure the implementation of the law, ensuring workers are not transported between emirates.
Dubai Police video
Dubai Police have posted a video on their social media platforms urging people to take precautionary measures after movement restrictions were eased.
Police said that people must leave two meters safe distance between themselves and others, else they will be fined Dh1,000.
“During the holy month of Ramadan, people should follow safety instructions like wearing masks when going outside and leaving safe distance,” police said in the video.
People are allowed to visit their first and second-degree relatives but they should be no more than five people per visit to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“Please avoid visiting the elderly or people with chronic diseases unless it is essential,” police said.
People have also been urged to avoid public and private gatherings, with fines ranging from Dh10,000 and Dh5,000 for each participant.