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Covid UAE: Police target illegal gatherings of teens, gamblers

Afkar Abdullah /Sharjah Filed on March 4, 2021
People gathered at a Sharjah square on Wednesday. — KT photo

Intensified campaign launched after 13 people were fined for playing cricket in a sandy square in Sharjah

Groups of teens meeting under buildings, men playing games in green areas and squares, beggars and gamblers will be dealt with zero tolerance in Sharjah, the police have said.

Such gatherings and practices contribute to the spread of Covid-19, the cops said.

The warning comes a day after 13 people were fined for playing cricket in a sandy square in Sharjah.

A top official with the police said Isnad, the residential patrol section of the police, has launched intensified inspection campaign targeting the violators of Covid-19 regulations.

The campaign aims at ensuring that the community members are complying with Covid-19 measures and curb these illegal activities that usually increase during the winter season.

The police said inspections target group of people who gather in green areas and squares to gamble, which often triggers violence and noise and also spread the disease. “Such gatherings are not allowed in the current pandemic situation. But despite all the warnings and police efforts, people have started to go back to their illegal practices,” the official said, adding that strict measures will be taken against the violators.

Afkar Abdullah

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