Dubai Economy fines six stores for violating COVID-19 norms

Dubai Economy fines six stores for violating COVID-19 norms

As the national efforts to contain the spread of Coronavirus continue in the UAE, the Commercial Compliance & Consumer Protection (CCCP) Sector in Dubai Economy has made several field visits to open markets and shopping centres across the emirate. With these field inspections, Dubai Economy aims to ensure that commercial establishments in the emirate comply with necessary precautionary measures issued by the authorities to combat the spread of COVID-19.

During a recent visit around the emirate, CCCP's field inspectors found six commercial establishments in violation of the COVID-19 precautionary measures. Located in Al Sabkha, Al Quoz and Al Dhagaya areas, these establishments are involved in a range of activities in varying from money exchange to readymade garments.

In three out of the six businesses, employees were seen without face masks, two were in violation of the physical distancing measures, and one establishment did not adhere to the instructions issued by the concerned authorities. All the six businesses were fined by the field inspectors for non-compliance with the mandatory preventive measures.

In addition, CCCP field inspectors worked in cooperation with Dubai Sports Council and fined two establishments after they organised sports events without the approval of the Council.

At the same time, the inspection teams also issued warnings to three other businesses for not placing the necessary physical distancing stickers as mandated by the precautionary norms. In total, 542 shops and commercial establishments were found fully complying with the precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

These steps have been taken by Dubai Economy to ensure that commercial establishments follow precautionary guidelines and business continuity is maintained while protecting the health and safety of the employees and customers amid the prevailing concerns over the COVID-19.

In line with its continuous efforts to protect the community, Dubai Economy reiterated that stern action will be taken against those who will be found in violation of the precautionary measures during its field inspections. It stressed that public health is a top priority of the authorities during the current circumstances.

It further urged the public to cooperate and coordinate with the authorities in maintaining the pace of the emirate's economy towards a steady recovery as business activities are gradually returning to normalcy.

Dubai Economy further called upon consumers and the public to report any non-compliance to the COVID-19 precautionary measures in the emirate, adding that disciplinary action is meant to be a deterrent against any violation or abuse. People can report any violations of the precautionary guidelines through the Dubai Consumer app available on the Apple, Google, and Huawei stores, by visiting the website, or by calling at 600545555.

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