Over 200 Dubai Beachgoers Fined In One Day

by Vaishnavi Venkataraman
Over 200 Dubai Beachgoers Fined In One Day

Over 316 people were caught breaching regulations since beaches reopened in Dubai on 29 May 29. Dubai Police said that 221 of those offences were recorded on Friday. Majority of penalties come from people failing to wear mask or adhere to social distancing rules. Beach securities are also asked to warn people before handing out fines.

Credits: The Beach Dubai Facebook
Credits: The Beach Dubai Facebook

In addition, drones have also been deployed to check on residents. “Last Friday alone, 221 people were fined and the majority of them were fined for not wearing face masks and failing to maintain a safe distance between each other, which is a AED 3000-fine,” said Col Saeed Al Madhani, director of Ports Police Station in Dubai.

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News reports reveal that residents who flocked to beaches insisted on sitting next to each other and close to facilities. Officials also warned people gathering in more than groups of five, not wearing masks or breaching any of the other beach rules. Last week, Dubai authorities revised guidelines relating to the wearing of face masks in public. Beach-goers can be slammed with AED 3,000 fines for not following precautionary measures.

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Previously, everyone in Dubai was obliged to wear a face mask whenever they were outside their home. Later, Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management, announced that people can remove their facemask while engaging in strenuous activities, eating or drinking in an outdoor venue.

Meanwhile, kids under the age of 6 and people with cognitive, intellectual or sensory disorders can exempted from wearing face masks in public.

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What Else?

Meanwhile, Dubai’s favourite water fountain is now back to entertain you! The Dubai Media Office announced that the Dubai Fountain in front of Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa would resume operations post its closure earlier this year. However, authorities confirmed that the show would have several precautions in place, including strict social distancing rules.

The opening of the Dubai Fountain is the latest development as Dubai slowly resumes normal life. Shopping malls and private sector businesses in Dubai returned to 100% capacity from 3 June. The decision was made under the directives of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai.