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Abu Dhabi movement ban extended by another week starting June 16

Abu Dhabi movement ban extended by another week starting June 16

Entry and exit from the emirate as well as movement between the different regions inside it will remain suspended

Abu Dhabi City United Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi has decided to extend its movement ban for a week starting from June 16, officials confirmed on Monday.

During this period entry and exit from the entire emirate will remain suspended, as will the movement of people between the different regions of the emirate (Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Al Dhafrah).

“Movement within each region is allowed in line with National Sterilisation Programme hours,” tweeted the Abu Dhabi Media Office. The programme timing are currently from 10pm-6am daily.

The decision was reached collectively by the Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Committee for the Covid-19 Pandemic, in collaboration with the Abu Dhabi Police and the Department of Health.

It added that the step was meant to enhance the effectiveness of the expanded National Screening Programme which tested over 388,000 people in the last two weeks, and was a precautionary measure to curb the spread of Covid-19 virus.

Exemptions to the movement ban are available to employees in vital sectors, emergency medical cases, and those facilitating the movement of goods and mail.

However, individuals who qualify for the exemption must apply for a permit via the ‘movement permits system’ on the Abu Dhabi Police website.

Read: Movement permits needed in Abu Dhabi during travel ban

The movement ban was initially instituted for a period of one week starting from June 2, and was subsequently renewed for another week starting June 9.

On June 15, the UAE reported 342 new Covid-19 cases, taking the overall number of infections up to 42,636.

A total of 28,129 individuals have recovered from the virus thus far and there have been 291 fatalities since the outbreak of the virus in the country.

Read: UAE reports 342 new Covid-19 cases, 2 deaths; 40% fatalities associated with diabetes

Earlier on Monday, the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi issued a set of guidelines to govern the reopening of museums and other cultural sites across the emirate.

Read more: Abu Dhabi issues guidelines for reopening museums, cultural sites

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