With malls, parks, beaches, restaurants and other public places reopening, Dubai, like many other Gulf cities, has made it mandatory to wear facemasks in public.
Yet, not everyone who is out wears a mask, and not everyone who wears a mask wears it right. Either way, Dubai Police have confirmed that they are liable to pay a Dh1,000 fine.
A Dubai Police official told Gulf News: “People should wear masks in the proper way when they go outside. Otherwise, they face a Dh1,000 fine.”
A look around public places reveals different scenarios, with the masks hanging below people’s noses, further down their mouths, around their necks, held in their hands, strapped on to their arms, even tucked inside trouser pockets.
According to Dubai Police, 10,286 fines have been issued against residents for failure to wear medical masks or maintain a physical distance between March 26 and April 16.
A warning fine is issued as a warning preceding the fine. The fine is levied if the offence is repeated.
“We issued warning fines at the beginning so that people wouldn’t claim they didn’t know about the order,” the official said.