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DUBAI — The covid enforcers at Dubai’s Beaches Security Section have drawn a line in the sand. And it’s 2 meters. Some 100 people were fined for violating rules meant to stem the spread of the coronavirus when they hit the reopened beaches in the wealthy Gulf emirate of Dubai, police reported Wednesday.
According to signs posted on Dubai’s beaches, those not engaging in social distancing or wearing a mask risk fines of around $800. Beaches have been closed since the end of March and residents flocked to the sand on Friday when they were reopened.
“At the beginning of the reopening, people weren’t following the precautionary measures. But after issuing the fines, people started complying with the precautionary measures,” Lt. Ahmad Al Marzouqi from the police’s Beaches Security Section told Arabian Business. “The most important thing now is social distancing for at least two meters and wearing masks after coming out of the sea.”
New guidelines on masks issued this week stipulated that they do not need to be worn while swimming but otherwise should be used on the beach.
After a strict lockdown through April that was eased in May, restrictions in Dubai have been almost entirely lifted, with malls and business allowed to operate at full capacity starting Wednesday.
Dubai, which lacks the oil wealth of neighboring Abu Dhabi, depends heavily on the service sector and tourism, all of which have been severely affected by the coronavirus.
In survey in April by the local chamber of commerce, 70 ...
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