Ramadan in UAE: Police urge public to avoid Iftar gatherings

Ramadan in UAE: Police urge public to avoid Iftar gatherings

Police authorities in Sharjah and Ajman have called on residents to avoid organising social gatherings during Ramadan in view of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Residents have been encouraged to connect with family and friends during the Holy Month through digital platforms in order to prevent the spread of the virus.

This development has come in line with the precautionary measures implemented by UAE authorities with the aim of curbing the spread of COVID-19 during Ramadan. Limiting social gatherings and ensuring compliance with precautions can help in preventing a spike in the number of Coronavirus infections during the festivities.

Earlier, Sharjah authorities banned social gatherings across the emirate to curtail the spread of the virus.

In this regard, Sharjah Police have formed a special team to monitor public compliance with COVID-19 precautions and manage public gatherings in the region during Ramadan. Police patrols have also been deployed across industrial areas and residential complexes as well as at restaurants and eateries that offer free Iftar meals to workers. Restaurants and eateries have been encouraged to work in collaboration with relevant authorities for providing free Iftar meals to people in need during Ramadan. People have been advised not to stand in queues when Iftar meals are distributed outside restaurants and other eateries.

Authorities have also launched an electronic awareness campaign to issue warnings to residents about avoiding large social gatherings at their homes during the Holy month. Through the campaign, authorities are sending awareness messages in various languages such as Arabic, English and Urdu to inform people from all walks of life about the significance of following precautionary measures.

Police inspection teams are going to work round the clock to ensure that residents adhere to preventive measures to contain the virus spread. The police have warned that no violations would be tolerated. Citizens must report any form of COVID-19 related violations to the police at 901.

In Ajman, police are using social media and other traditional forms of media to issue warnings and create awareness about avoiding family gatherings at home during Ramadan.

Major-General Sultan Al Nuaimi, Commander-in-Chief of Ajman Police, stated that an electronic awareness campaign has been launched to issue warnings to people in order to protect them during the COVID-19 crisis.

"All residents have been urged to comply with rules regarding holding public gatherings, and other social events during Ramadan," Major-General Al Nuaimi added.

He further urged residents to follow precautionary measures and enjoy the spirit of togetherness and community bonding, while protecting the health and wellness of all during the holy month.

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