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Covid UAE: Over 1,500 fined Dh5,000 each for violating gathering rules

Ismail Sebugwaawo /Abu Dhabi Filed on February 11, 2021 | Last updated on March 19, 2021 at 02.00 pm

These included 47 violations for people hosting the events and 1,641 for those attending the gatherings.

The Abu Dhabi Police have referred 1,688 gathering violations to the Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Prosecution, according to a statement on Thursday.

These included 47 violations for people hosting the events and 1,641 for those attending the gatherings.

Eleven were also booked for holding wedding parties that violated the precautionary measures.

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The Abu Dhabi Police have intensified monitoring campaigns to catch violators, including those organising gatherings in the desert, as well as celebrations in public areas and at farms.

The authorities issue a Dh5,000 fine for anyone attending gatherings and Dh10,000 for anyone inviting or organising an event or a gathering.

The National Crisis and Emergency Management Authority (NCEMA) on Wednesday said it has recorded more than 30,000 Covid-19 violations across the UAE since the beginning of 2021.

Among the top violations were: Failure to wear masks; failure to adhere to precautionary measures at establishments; failure to adhere to physical distancing in public places; exceeding the permissible number of people in cars; and crowded gatherings.

“All relevant authorities at the state level monitor and track violations,” said Dr Seif Al Dhaheri, spokesperson for NCEMA.


Ismail Sebugwaawo

A professional journalist originating from Kampala, Uganda, Ismail is a happy father with strong attachment to family and great values for humanity. He has practiced journalism in UAE for the past 13 years, covering the country's parliament (FNC) and crimes, including Abu Dhabi Police, public prosecution and courts. He also reports about important issues in education, public health and the environment, with a keen interest in human interest stories. When out of reporting duties, he serves the Ugandan community in Abu Dhabi as he wants to see his countrymen happy. Exercising and reading are part of his free time.

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