Dubai announces more stricter lockdown, grocery or pharmacy permits only every three days; COVID-19

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Authorities of Dubai have announced new restrictions for movement permits as the emirate aims to combat the spread of the covid-19 virus.

Permits to leave the house to buy essential goods at a grocery store or pharmacy will now be limited to 1 every 3 days, while visiting the ATM for a cash withdrawal will be limited to 1 in every 5 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 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 2 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 covid-19 cases in the country continuing to rise daily, a circular issued by Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) 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.

Source — Al Arabiya English

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