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Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
Dubai Economy has fined 31 business establishments for violating COVID-19 guidelines following inspections being conducted across open markets and commercial centres to ensure compliance with precautionary measures.
The violations, found in open markets and shopping malls, were mostly related to face mask and physical distancing protocols and non-compliance with permitted working hours for restaurants.
The inspection team fined 29 restaurants and cafes for allowing dine-in beyond permitted hours. Retail outlets and a hair salon were among those fined for non-compliance with face-mask guidelines.
The violations were identified in Naif, Al Rigga, Nakheel, Musalla, Al Murar, Al Baraha, Ayal Nasir, Al Dhaghaya, Al Hudaiba, Al Dhiyafa and various shopping malls.
Two shops in Dragon Mart were issued a warning for not displaying social distancing stickers.
Dubai Economy said it will continue conducting inspections along with its various partners with a special focus on shopping malls and locations that might see overcrowding.
These measures are being taken to ensure the highest levels of public safety. Dubai Economy stressed that it is following a zero-tolerance policy on violations identified by its inspectors or reported by the public.
Dubai Economy directed traders to strictly adhere to precautionary measures and called on the public to report any violations or non-compliance either on the Dubai Consumer App available on Apple,
Google and Huawei stores, the number 600545555, or via the consumerrights.ae website.
Overall, the inspections found 773 commercial establishments fully complied with the guidelines. The violating outlets were involved in garments trading, money exchange, document processing, mobile phones trading and general trading.
6 of them were in the retail sector, two trading in readymade garments, four in textiles and fabrics, and one in each from the perfumes, mobile phones, electronics, and computers trade. Two gyms were also fined.
Dubai Economy imposed fines on eight commercial establishments - seven of them for employees’ lack of commitment to wearing masks and one for breaching physical distancing guidelines.
They were followed up and monitored by the security men after the first stopped on the side of the road, then the other followed him.
The Ministry stressed in a statement on Tuesday that its aim to continue expanding the scope of testing nationwide to facilitate the early detection of coronavirus cases and carry out the necessary treatment.
According to the data updated by the health ministry at 8am, the active cases declined to 1,63,816. With the fresh cases, the total tally climbed to 3,42,02,202, while the death toll climbed to 4,55,068 with 356 fresh fatalities.