Coronavirus: Covid violations in wedding videos gets groom arrested in UAE

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Ras Al Khaimah - The gathering was held at a wedding hall in the emirate.

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Published: Mon 14 Sep 2020, 12:24 PM

Last updated: Tue 15 Sep 2020, 8:07 AM

A groom was recently arrested in Ras Al Khaimah for hosting a wedding celebration and ignoring all safety measures, police said on Monday. 
The Asian man has posted videos of his wedding on social media, showing how he and his guests violated the protocols as they gathered at a banquet hall in the emirate, the authorities said. "He was referred to the emergency, crises, and disasters sector at the Federal Public Prosecution for legal action." 

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The Ras Al Khaimah Police reiterated the warning that strict legal action shall be taken against anyone who will be caught violating anti-Covid measures. 
A few days ago, the emirate's Department of Economic Department ordered a wedding hall shut and slapped it with a hefty fine for failing to observe the precautions put in place to fight the spread of Covid-19. 
A couple reportedly tied the knot at the venue without the mandatory permits, according to sources. "They have also failed to adhere to the rules like social distancing and wearing masks."
Wedding halls in Ras Al Khaimah have been allowed to resume operations late in June this year, however, safety measures must be strictly followed. All employees must be screened for Covid-19 and temperature checks must be done regularly. Anyone with fever or respiratory issues shall also not be permitted to enter the premises. Limiting the number of guests, wearing masks and keeping adequate distance between tables and attendees are also crucial. 
"Wedding halls must coordinate functions with the community police at least one day before the event to ensure public safety," the authorities said. "The Ras Al Khaimah Police spares no effort to ensure the safety and security of all nationals and residents."
Authorities across the UAE have been cracking down on those flouting the rules, as the country recorded over 1,000 new Covid-19 cases on September 12, its highest daily count since the pandemic began. 
In Abu Dhabi, a groom, his father and the father of the bride were recently referred to the prosecution for organising a celebration at home. 
In a Press briefing last week, a top official said cases have seen a five-fold surge since August 10 - and a worrying 88 per cent of the increase has been attributed to gatherings like weddings, parties and condolence meetings.
Read on:  Party has got to stop in the UAE as daily Covid-19 cases breach the 1,000 mark 

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