As part of a strict lockdown measures, the United Arab Emirates urged the public to stay at home and limit social contacts.
People were also told to come out only for purchasing of necessary supplies like food and medicine or performing essential jobs will be allowed.
“The public are also urged to use their own family cars with a maximum of three individuals per vehicle. They are also advised not to visit public places and maintain social distancing protocols during family gatherings as part of the precautionary measures,” the Ministry of Interior and the National Emergency and Crisis and Disasters Management Authority said in a joint statement.
People were also told to avoid visiting hospitals except for emergencies and to use face masks. Instructions on the use of public transport, taxis and other means of transportation are due to be issued later, the statement said. Violations are punishable, including fines and jail terms.
Inbound and outbound passenger flights and the transit of airline passengers in the UAE are also set to be suspended for two weeks as part of precautionary measures to curb the spread of COVID-19, the government news agency said. Cargo and emergency evacuation flights would be exempt.