Dubai Police wants you to report social media users who flout 'stay at home' order
Dubai Police has launched a new #StayHome campaign on social media inviting residents to report instances where people violate the home isolation rule on social media.
The UAE Government has asked residents to stay at home unless it is absolutely necessary, such as picking up food and medicine or perform essential jobs.
Arabian Business reports that the UAE's Ministry of Interior and the National Emergency and Crisis and Disasters Management Authority urged UAE citizens to comply with the new instructions.
The aim is to limit social contact between people and avoid crowded places.
“The UAE government has called upon the public to stay at home unless it’s absolutely necessary to get essential supplies, such as food and medicine, or perform essential jobs,” UAE state news agency WAM said in a statement.
The Dubai Police has called upon the public to comply with the instructions issued by competent health and security authorities, primarily limiting social contacts to ensure their safety and wellbeing.#StayAtHome pic.twitter.com/fM2nieWIr7— Dubai Policeشرطة دبي (@DubaiPoliceHQ) March 23, 2020
The UAE has decided to shut all malls in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus outbreak as well.
But this is not something to be taken lightly at all and Dubai Police are ensuring residents and tourists know they mean business.
The Dubai Police on Sunday arrested a European national who posted Instagram videos of himself at the closed JBR beach ignoring the ban on gathering in public spaces, avoiding a police patrol and making light of the new regulations.
The man, then filmed people in the water and reportedly praised them for continuing to go to the beach despite a ban being issued.
. @DubaiPoliceHQ has arrested a European national of Arab origin for posting a video showing her indifference to the #StayHome national campaign and encouraging people to defy authorities' social distancing instructions. Legal measures were taken against her. pic.twitter.com/TKK36bVePw— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) March 24, 2020
The UAE’s Ministry of Health and Prevention has recorded 50 new cases of coronavirus and four recoveries, bringing the total number of cases to 248.
According to the police, anyone who encourages people online not to follow the country's laws or instruction will be subject to imprisonment and or a fine of between Dh200,000 and a Dh1 million, Gulf News reports.