Abu Dhabi completes COVID-19 sanitation drive, ends curfew

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Abu Dhabi’s latest COVID-19 sanitation program and overnight curfew has been completed, the emirate’s Emergency, Crisis, and Disasters Committee (ECDC) announced on Thursday via Abu Dhabi Media Office.

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Residents of the United Arab Emirates’ capital had been prohibited from leaving their homes between the hours of midnight and 5 a.m. while authorities sterilized public areas. A fine of $816 (AED 3,000) was imposed on those who were out during that time.

Anyone needing to leave their homes during the curfew hours for emergency reasons needed to first obtain a permit.

Restrictions to enter Abu Dhabi through its land border with Dubai remain in place.

The capital introduced new border entry requirements in mid-July, allowing entry to the emirate from Dubai within 48 hours of receiving a negative PCR test result or within 24 hours of receiving a negative DPI result.

The UAE implemented a nationwide sterilization program in March 2020 during the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, which ended in June of that year.

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