Combating coronavirus: Abu Dhabi extends travel ban by another week

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The movement restrictions had begun on June 2 to ensure mass Covid-19 testing in order to contain the spread of the virus.

By Staff Report

Published: Mon 15 Jun 2020, 12:00 AM

Last updated: Tue 16 Jun 2020, 9:44 PM

The movement restrictions on entering and exiting Abu Dhabi and travelling between its regions have been extended for another one week starting from June 16, authorities have announced.

The movement restrictions in Abu Dhabi were first introduced on June 2 to ensure mass Covid-19 testing in order to contain the spread of the virus. Authorities announced that, during the past two weeks, more than 388,000 residents of the emirate were tested for the coronavirus.

On Monday evening, the Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Committee for the Covid-19 Pandemic in collaboration with Abu Dhabi Police and the Abu Dhabi Department of Health (DoH) decided to extend the ban for another seven days.

The ban covers movements between Abu Dhabi's regions (Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Al Dhafrah) as well as in and out of the emirate. It applies to all Abu Dhabi residents, including UAE Nationals.

Exemptions are available by special permit for employees in vital sectors, patients with chronic diseases who have to visit hospitals and the transportation of necessary goods. Movement within each region is allowed in line with National Sterilisation Programme hours.

To ease bottle neck on highways, Abu Dhabi Police have allocated two lanes at all security points to ensure the smooth flow of mail and goods.

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