Coronavirus: Dubai fines 12 businesses, warns five for violating COVID-19 measures

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Dubai has fined 12 businesses and warned five others for violating precautionary measures and guidelines aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19, according to a statement from authorities.

Authorities at the Commercial Compliance and Consumer Protection, CCCP, a sector in Dubai Economy, made their decisions after field inspection teams toured businesses across the emirate in on Tuesday.

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Dubai Economy said it imposed fines on 12 commercial establishments, including retail outlets in various shopping centers, sewing and embroidery shops, and fitness centers in Wadi al-Safa 7, al-Hebiah Second, and al-Rashidiya.

“Lack of employee commitment to wearing masks and not taking the necessary measures to ensure physical distancing were the main violations found during the inspections. The inspection in the fitness centers were held in collaboration with the Dubai Sports Council,” authorities said in a statement published on the Emirates News Agency (WAM).

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Authorities also issued warnings to five other establishments for not placing the physical distancing stickers as required.

Overall, inspections on Tuesday found that 767 shops and commercial establishments fully complied with the precautionary measures.

The UAE recorded 842 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Wednesday, bringing the total number of confirmed infections in the country to 81,782.

One person died due to complications caused by COVID-19, raising the virus-related death toll in the country to 402.

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