Coronavirus: Dubai announces stricter lockdown, grocery permits only every three days

Screenshot showing the website for residents of Dubai to apply for a movement permit.

Dubai has announced new restrictions for movement permits as the emirate aims to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

Permits to leave the house to buy essential goods at a grocery store or pharmacy will now be limited to one every three days, while visiting the ATM for a cash withdrawal will be limited to one in every five days. Emergency reasons are limited to twice a day, according to the permit application website.

The movement permit system was initially launched in late March, with fines for violators of the system later announced.

Dubai police issued a statement later on Thursday clarifying that all additional permit requests will be rejected if the time between the previous request had not expired.

With Dubai’s 24-hour lockdown set to expire in two days and Emirates restarting flights to select destinations, there had been signs that the UAE may be beginning to ease the restrictions on movement and social gathering it has imposed since March.

However, with coronavirus cases in the country continuing to rise daily, a circular issued by Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) on Wednesday night confirmed that restaurants, bars, and hotel facilities would continue to be shut until further notice.

This latest announcement is a further tightening of restrictions, despite the official date for the end of lockdown fast approaching.

The UAE has had 5,365 infections of the coronavirus, with 33 dead. There have been 1,034 recoveries so far, the UAE’s Ministry of Health said Wednesday.

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Last Update: Thursday, 16 April 2020 KSA 16:19 - GMT 13:19
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