Coronavirus: Dubai beaches require face masks, distancing, and other COVID-19 rules

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Beachgoers in Dubai must wear a face mask and abide by other coronavirus regulations or risk fines, clarified Dubai Police on Sunday.

Dubai beaches are usually crowded during winter as residents and tourists spend time outside in the cooler months.

While wearing a face mask is compulsory in line with Dubai’s coronavirus regulations, large crowds have been seen on the beach without wearing face masks.

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But according to Dubai Police, face masks are compulsory when visiting the beach, with “sanctions” applied to anyone who does not follow the guidelines.

In a video posted on Twitter, Dubai Police listed the following rules for visiting Dubai’s coast:
“1. Wearing a mask
2. Keep distance between you and others
3. No more than 5 people gather except for members of the same family
4. Sanctions will be applied to violators of the procedures.”

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The rules would appear to mandate social distancing and forbid groups of more than five non-family members.

Dubai’s public beaches such as Kite Beach and Jumeirah Public Beach are popular with both tourists and visitors alike, while the city also hosts a range of private beach clubs and pools.

Beaches had previously been closed as the emirate went into lockdown to combat the coronavirus, but reopened over summer as the UAE eased coronavirus restrictions following a drop in cases.

Coronavirus cases have since resurged in line with the “second wave” experienced by many countries globally.

On Thursday, the UAE reported its highest ever daily increase in COVID-19 cases, with 1,578 new infections over 24 hours.

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