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Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
The UAE authorities have announced that wearing a facemask is mandatory in closed and indoors places to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the country. The health experts said that facemasks violators will be slapped with a Dhs3,000 fine.
The heath experts said, “We would like to recall that wearing masks in closed places is mandatory, as negligence in doing so is a violation and the perpetrator will be punished with a fine of up to Dhs3,000, according to Public Prosecution Decision No. (38) for the year 2020.
This will also be tightened over the coming period by the competent teams.
The authorities said, “We have also witnessed in the previous period a significant increase in the number of cases of COVID-19 in the country, as cases in the country increased by more than 100% in less than a week, and the rate of hospitalisations was also noted.”
However, in the recent period, the experts have monitored some behaviours that have become a danger to society, to public health and an indication of laxity in the application of precautionary and preventive measures, which negatively affects the recovery efforts that all parties are working on.
Studies have proven that wearing masks is one of the most important factors in maintaining health and safety from the risk of infection with COVID-19.
The effectiveness of the mask lies in reducing the speed and strength of the spread of the disease, especially in closed and crowded places.