UAE fines weddings hosts, guests up to $2,722 for ignoring coronavirus measures

UAE fines weddings hosts, guests up to $2,722 for ignoring coronavirus measures

Three individuals have been referred to the United Arab Emirates’ Emergency, Crisis, and Disasters Prosecution for hosting a wedding party at their home and ignoring coronavirus countermeasures, the Emirates News Agency (WAM) reported on Thursday.

The groom, his father, and the bride’s father were all referred to the Prosecution and legal action will be taken against them, the Abu Dhabi police said in a statement.

The hosts could face a 10,000 AED fine ($2,722), while the guests in attendance will have to pay a 5,000 AED ($1361) fine.

The UAE had on Thursday urged citizens and residents to take coronavirus countermeasures seriously as the country reported 930 new cases of the virus – the highest in four months.

Eighty-eight percent of the coronavirus cases reported in the country in the past two weeks resulted from individuals failing to adhere to social distancing protocols and preventative measures, the UAE Government spokesperson Dr. Farida al-Hosani said.

This includes individuals who attended wedding parties, celebrations, large gatherings, and funerals and did not maintain social distancing practices or wear a mask, she added.

The UAE has so far reported a total of 76,911 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus.

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