Dubai police arrest European for inciting non-compliance with ‘Stay Home’ campaign

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Dubai police arrested a European national of Arab origin for posting a video showing her indifference to the “#StayHome” national campaign and encouraging people to defy the authorities’ social distancing measures amid the coronavirus outbreak, the Dubai Media Office said on Tuesday.

“Legal measures were taken against her. The case has been referred to the Federal Public Prosecution for Information Technology Crimes,” the statement said.

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Dubai’s police stressed the importance of residents fully complying with directives issued by authorities to safeguard public health.

It added that “inciting non-compliance with safety measures will lead to imprisonment and/or a fine of between AED 200,000 ($54,000) and AED one million ($272,253).”

Earlier on Tuesday, two women had posted a video of themselves on Instagram while running along Dubai Canal during which they told people to ignore stay at home warnings issued by the UAE government.

Precautionary measures

The authorities have urged people to stay at home and took several measures as part of the country’s efforts to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

All malls, shopping centers, commercial centers, and open markets except for fish, vegetable, and meat markets will be closed for two weeks, the Ministry of Health announced early on Monday.

Restaurants will also only be limited to delivery for the two-week period.

The UAE ordered on March 16 all hotels to close their pubs, bars, and lounges. Gyms, electronic gaming centers, and spring camps will also be closed until the end of the month.

Public beaches, swimming pools, cinemas, theme parks, and tourist attractions are also closed until the end of March.

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