In the latest coronavirus update, public transport will be suspended in Dubai from 08:00 pm to 06:00 am everyday until April 5, 2020. RTA Dubai will halt all modes of public transport in the city, including RTA buses, taxis and the Dubai Metro. The same however, will be available during day time.
The instructions for public transport suspension due to coronavirus in Dubai came from the Ministry of Interior (MoI) and the Ministry of Health and Community Protection (MoHAP). The decision is a part of the National Sterilisation Programme.
WHAT IS THE NATIONAL STERILISATION PROGRAMME?
As part of the steps taken by the government for coronavirus prevention in the UAE, the MoHAP and MoI have introduced a national disinfection programme. Under the initiative, the ministries have collaborated with local authorities to sterilise all public utilities and transport.
Over the weekend, residents will face an emirate-wide restriction in traffic and commute following the public transport suspension due to coronavirus in Dubai.
MINISTRY INSTRUCTIONS TO FOLLOW DURING PUBLIC TRANSPORT SUSPENSION IN DUBAI
For the entire duration of the sterilisation drive, the interior and health industries have requested people to stay at home. Social isolation is the biggest social responsibility during the coronavirus pandemic that people need to follow. So, it’s best that you stay home.
However, the ministries have made exceptions for going out in case of necessities. You can leave your home if you want to
- Buy food
- Get medicines
- Visit the hospital in case of emergencies
While most places in the UAE are closed because of the Covid-19 outbreak, food outlets, supermarkets, grocery stores, pharmacies and cooperative societies across the country will remain open. However, all residents need a move permit before leaving their homes during lockdown.
THE MOVE PERMIT AND HOW TO GET IT
A move permit will allow you to leave your home for important tasks while public transport is suspended for sterilisation in Dubai. The Higher Committee in Dubai launched a special website that allows people to request for a move permit online. Here’s how you can get one:
- Log on https://movepermit.gov.ae/home
- Register yourself using your phone number
- An OPT code will be sent to you via SMS to complete your registration
- Enter your car registration, Emirates ID and details of your intended journey
- Submit the information and you will receive an SMS of approval, where required
It is important to note, that during the National Sterilisation Programme being carried out, only people registered on the official website and with a valid approval will be allowed outside. Everyone else must stay home. Violation of these directives may lead to legal action and possible coronavirus restriction fines in the UAE, where applicable.
People working in important service sectors are allowed to leave home, even though public transport will remain suspended due to coronavirus in Dubai. These sectors include but are not limited to:
- Police and security
- Water and food
- Civil aviation
People working in these sectors do not have to register for a move permit. However, they are required to carry their Emirates ID and work IDs with them for verification purposes, when required.
RTA RESTRICTIONS ON USE OF PUBLIC TRANSPORTS FOR CORONAVIRUS PREVENTION
Apart from the above-mentioned public transport suspension in Dubai due to coronavirus, RTA Dubai has issued additional instructions for public transport users. These instructions are to be followed at all times until further notice.
- People should avoid using public transport, especially during rush hour, unless absolutely necessary.
- When using public transport in Dubai, people must wear protective gear for their safety.
- No more than two (2) passengers at a time can travel in a taxi.
- Dubai Metro and RTA buses are instructed to limit the number of passengers and maintain safe distance between them.
- The drivers will control the doors of the buses, with the ones on the rear end remaining closed throughout.
In addition to this, the RTA has also closed down all bus shelters and increased the frequency of Dubai Metro to ensure smooth service for all. These practices would be re-implemented once the Dubai public transit suspension due to Covid-19 ends.
That wraps it up. Public transport will not be available in Dubai during night time, everyday from 08:00 pm to 06:00 am until April 5, 2020. So, make sure you plan your days accordingly.
For the most part, people would be restricted to the confines of their homes, given the UAE travel ban and the emirate-wide lockdown to stop the spread of coronavirus in the UAE. If you’re looking for something to keep you busy during this lockdown, sign up for one of the online fitness classes in Dubai.
Also, if you’re home and you or someone around you shows flu-like symptoms, it pays to be prepared. Know when and how to get tested for coronavirus – you can help save lives.