Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 30 May 2020

Coronavirus: Dubai Police set up checkpoints to ask motorists for movement permits

Emiratis and residents living in Dubai must apply for permission before leaving their homes

Police in Dubai are checking to see whether drivers have permission to leave their homes. Reem Mohammed / The National
Police in Dubai are checking to see whether drivers have permission to leave their homes. Reem Mohammed / The National

Checkpoints have been set up across Dubai so police can ask motorists to show the permits necessary to leave home during the coronavirus lockdown.

On Monday, police were checking motorists in Jumeirah, on the E11 and on Safa Road for travel permits. The restrictions are imposed to curb the spread of the disease.

Officials said on Sunday that residents would require a permit if they wanted to leave their homes during the lockdown.

Residents will be granted permission to travel if the journey is considered essential, a category that includes buying food, visiting a pharmacy and a visit to the doctor.

The residents who are exempt from a permit are essential workers but they should obtain a letter from their employer.

A permit is a must when leaving the home, whether you are driving, walking or taking a taxi.

Anyone in breach will face legal action.

The UAE has 2,076 confirmed cases of Covid-19, as of Tuesday afternoon.

There have been 167 recoveries, while 11 people have died from the disease.

Updated: April 7, 2020 09:28 PM

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