Coronavirus in UAE: Public Transport Including Dubai Metro to Shut Down For the Weekend
UAE Ministry of Health and Community Protection and the Ministry of Interior has decided to suspend public transport from 8 pm March 26th 2020 to 6 am March 29th 2020.
The UAE Government has taken yet another preventive measure to spread the rapid spread of COVID-19 by announcing that the public transport will remain suspended over the weekend starting from 8 am March 26th to 6 am March 29th. This also includes the Dubai Metro. Announced by the Ministry of Health and Community Protection and the Ministry of Interior, this decision is a part of the National Sterilization Program according to which all utilities, public transport including the metro will be sterilized to ensure the health and safety of the residents and citizens of UAE. The traffic on the roads shall also be restricted.
The respective ministries urged the people to stay home during the weekend and not go out for any purpose other than getting the essentials or working in energy, communications, health, education, security and the police, military, postal, shipping, pharmaceuticals, water and food sector, civil aviation, airports, financial and banking, government media and the services sector, which includes gas stations and construction projects.
All the essentials which include groceries, supermarkets, and pharmacies will continue operating.
Earlier, the government had announced that groceries, supermarkets, and pharmacies will remain open for 24/7 for people’s convenience. However, all the other shops in the malls have been shut down.
A day before, the UAE government announced 85 new cases of COVID-19 in the country which takes the grand total to 333 now. The UAE government has taken many proactive steps to ensure the safety of people which include travel, gathering, and entertainment restrictions. The government also directed the private sector to arrange work from home for 80% of their employees. COVID-19 started as an epidemic in Wuhan, China but today it is a pandemic which has taken over the entire world. At the time of writing, the global death toll has surpassed 20,000.