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Dubai limits residents' mobility for two weeks



Yesterday, Saturday, April 4, 2020, the government of Dubai decreed the obligation for all its inhabitants to remain at home and has completely restricted the movements of people 24 hours a day throughout the Emirate. Only one member of each family will be allowed to leave their home to buy essential items. The obligation came into force on Saturday at 8:00 p.m. as a measure to combat the spread of Covid-19 and will last for a minimum of 2 weeks.

They are exempt from these restrictions:

VITAL SECTORS - exempt from restrictions 24 hours a day:

  • Health care services (hospitals, clinics, and pharmacies)

  • Food supply points

  • Delivery services (food and medicine)

  • Restaurants (operations limited to home delivery only)

  • Drug manufacturers and healthcare and medical supply providers

  • Industrial sector (vital industries only)

  • Industrial supply chain for services and commodities

  • The water, electricity, gas station and refrigeration services sector.

  • The telecommunications and media sector

  • Airports, airlines, ports and shipping

  • Customs and border crossings

  • Public and private security services

  • Municipal services and public and private service providers involved in garbage collection, wastewater management, and general cleaning and sanitation

  • Private and governmental sector organizations involved in the fight against coronavirus (COVID-19)

  • Public transport (buses and taxis only; metro and tram services will be suspended)

  • Construction sector, subject to obtaining a permit from the Dubai Municipality and the Standing Committee on Labor Affairs


SUPPORT SECTORS - Employees working in these sectors are allowed to commute to work between 8:00 am and 2:00 pm:

  • Banking and financial services (banks and exchange centers)

  • Social welfare services

  • Laundry services (for permitted points of sale)

  • Maintenance services


This measure is an extension of the sterilization program that came into effect on March 26 where movement was restricted from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.

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