Dubai Government extends sterilisation programme to combat COVID-19

Over the next two weeks, individuals will only be permitted to leave home for essential purposes

The city will effectively be on lockdown for a period of two weeks
The city will effectively be on lockdown for a period of two weeks

Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management, in coordination with the Command and Control Centre for Combating COVID-19, has announced the extension of the National Sterilisation Programme to 24 hours a day across all areas and communities in the emirate to protect the health and safety of the community. The Committee also announced intensified restrictions on the movement of people and vehicles.

The measures came into effect at 8.00 pm on Saturday April 4 and will last for a period of two weeks, subject to renewal. In addition, extensive medical tests will be conducted across densely populated areas of Dubai to ensure members of the community are free from COVID-19 infection.

The intensified measures require everyone to stay at home during this period. Food retail outlets such as supermarkets, as well as pharmacies and food and medicine deliveries are allowed to operate as usual.

The restrictions on dine-in at restaurants which were supposed to end on Sunday, April 5 will also be extended. Food delivery however, will not be affected by the new rules.

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